- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Longman; 3rd edition (January 3, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0205741932
- ISBN-13: 978-0205741939
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
This aims-based rhetoric and reader teaches students analytical reading, academic writing, and inquiry as the keys to success in college. The anthology, which organizes its selections by rhetorical aims or purposes, offers readings for rhetorical analysis so that students can apply rhetorical processes in their own writing. Two important features distinguish this book from others: (1) emphasis on reading as an interactive process of composing meaning, and (2) emphasis on academic writing as a process in which writers engage with other texts. "Reading Rhetorically" teaches students how to see texts positioned in a conversation with other texts, how to recognize their bias or perspective, and how to analyze texts for both content and method. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
An easy format to follow and "reader friendliness" make this an accessible reference book. Each chapter is outlined with details about where it is headed. Chapter 1 and 2 give some background into what it means to read rhetorically, defining it. It gives tips on pursuing an author's voice, mood and purpose while we read. In short, the author explains the critical point of digging for not only comprehension, but everything about an article, passage, chapter or book. Chapter 3 and 4 explore listening and questioning strategies while we read; that is, being an active reader who participates while reading. Several strategies illustrated are annotating a text, highlighting difficult parts of a passage, marking unfamiliar terms, and noting organizational signals to help you see where the article is heading. They also offer a checklist of items to think about while writing a summary, as well as help writing a rhetorical précis, a four-sentence analytical summary that is an indispensible tool for high school and college students (colleges now require these). Chapter 4 focuses on questioning a text, which basically means to question the author's credibility, logic, and persuasive, emotional appeals, which includes their style or implied message. The reader gets steps to help them draw conclusions about a text, but to also detect an "unspoken" or implied message from an article or text. Finally, chapters 5 and 6 help you to take these strategies of reading rhetorically and form your own argument while conducting and producing research papers. Information such as evaluating a source, strategies for managing your writing process, thoughts on generating ideas, an critiquing your own writing are offered in an editing checklist. Also, there is a section on how to paraphrase, direct quote and summarize in your paper to make it more effective and avoid plagiarism as well as an excellent section about parenthetical citations and building an MLA works cited page.
In each chapter, there are several easy to read and understand charts that illustrate what the author is discussing. For instance, in chapter 3 there are checklists for composing a summary and evaluating a summary, a rubric of sorts for you to use. In the appendix, there is a sample works cited page along with instructions on how to set it up.
This book covers such a wide range of information about reading and writing that you will have literally a wealth of knowledge by the time you are done reading. It is a handy reference book that you will come back to many times, so don't let the cost of the book throw you off. I highly recommend this third edition, as it has a better format, more visuals, and examples to help you than the previous two.
A must for any college student, or anyone required to do academic writing!