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Rhetorical Strategies for Composition


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Introduction Chapter 1: Rhetoric Essentials of Rhetoric Brief History: Classical through Modern Rhetoric. Models of Rhetoric Audience Texts, Contexts, and Purposes Rhetorical Exercise Chapter 2: Argumentation Essentials of Argumentation Classical Model: Aristotle's Six Parts of an Argument Stases: Categories of Argument Exigency Invention Worksheet Exercise Chapter 3: Rhetorical Situations Essentials of a Rhetorical Situation Writing Process Thesis Statement Topic Sentences The Paragraph Paragraphs with Specific Functions: Introductions Paragraphs with Specific Functions: Conclusions Assertion, Evidence, Analysis (AEA) Method Rhetorical Situation Exercise Chapter 4: Appeals and Fallacies Essentials of Rhetorical Appeals: Ethos, Pathos, and Logos Examples of Rhetorical Appeals Essentials of Logical Fallacies Fallacies of Ethos, Pathos, and Logos Rhetorical Analysis Exercise Chapter 5: Voice Essentials of Voice Voice Exercise Chapter 6: Stylistics Essentials of Stylistics Figures of Speech oSusan B. Anthony's Speech: "After Being Convicted of Voting in the 1872 Presidential Election" & Rhetorical Example Sentence Variation Stylistics Exercise Chapter 7: Revision Essentials of Revision Active and Passive Voice oAction and Linking-Verb Lists Improving Coherence Choosing Exact Words Transitions Transitions Exercise Revision Exercise Chapter 8: Documenting Sources Essentials of Documentation Citing Sources: Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing oQuoting Signal Words oParaphrasing Sampling and Paraphrasing oSummarizing Citing Credible Sources Exercise Chapter 9: Grammar, Punctuation, and Usage Essentials of Grammar as a "Means of Persuasion" Punctuating Titles of Literature Grammar and Usage Exercise Chapter 10: Visual Arguments Essentials of Visual Arguments Visual Rhetoric Exercise Appendix I Student's Research Project oAbigail's Audience Analysis oAbigail's Research Paper Reflecting Aristotle's Six Parts of an Argument oWorks Cited oWorks Consulted

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Karen A. Wink, PhD, is an English professor at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy where she has taught composition and literature courses for 16 years. Previously, she taught high-school English in Maryland for five years. The New England Association for Teachers of English (NEATE) awarded an "Excellence in Teaching" award to Dr. Wink. Her research focuses her research on rhetoric and pedagogy in the field of English Education.


Dr. Karen Wink's Rhetorical Strategies for Composition is a valuable text for secondary and post-secondary writing instructors. Written from the deep knowledge of someone who understands writing as process, this handbook is an effective tool to accompany the teaching and learning of how to write well. Most specifically, this text makes clear how to write cogent, powerful arguments that respond to various situations and purposes. What I found most relevant about this text was its inclusion of contemporary examples that students use for practice to learn the skills Wink articulates. This contemporaneousness connects readers to the work, encouraging them to understand the links between arguments made throughout history and the ones of today. Additionally, the tone of the text invites readers to try their hand at writing while feeling comfortable learning the why behind arguments without feeling condescended to or demeaned for what they might not know. Thus, Rhetorical Strategies for Composition is an excellent text for educators working with high school seniors as a way to prepare them for life beyond high school as well as for educators working with students in post-secondary schools. For all students using this text, is, indeed, the "Lonely Planet Guide" to understanding arguments and how to write them. -- Kimberly N. Parker, PhD, 2014 Mass Literacy Champion; English teacher, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Cambridge, MA; president of the New England Association of Teachers of English
Karen Wink's text offers the essentials of classical rhetoric for writing students in a textbook that is brief, clear and yet amazingly thorough. Using questions as headings, Wink covers everything from assessing the writer's initial rhetorical situation, to the five parts of an argument, the appeals of ethos, pathos and logos, and the common fallacies, down through matters of style, revision, documentation, and proofreading. Traditional material like the writing process is covered, but in a way that makes them part of the overall strategy of a well-designed argument. At the same time, less frequently covered topics are included so that students acquire a deeper appreciation of rhetorical argument, as in Wink's version of the stases combined with the topics in Chapter 2, or her especially strong coverage of Style in a chapter (6) that includes a useful list of figures of speech and methods of sentence analysis and invention. Drawing on her years of classroom experience, Wink includes published and student-written examples throughout, as well as useful tables, checklists and exercises that immediately apply the material just explained. Altogether, Karen Wink's text covers everything needed for a complete, rhetorically-based writing course in the most engaging and student-friendly way possible. -- Jeanne Fahnestock, professor of English, University of Maryland; author of Rhetorical Figures in Science and coauthor of A Rhetoric of Argument
Wink's clear explication of the assumptions underlying academic and professional writing persuades us of the continuing relevance of classical rhetoric. The textbook's contemporary examples, practical exercises, and tools for revision will engage composition students from high school to upper-division undergraduate level. -- Dr. Faye Ringel, Professor Emerita of English, U.S. Coast Guard Academy

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