The Real World Reader: A Rhetorical Reader for Writers by James Miller

The Real World Reader: A Rhetorical Reader for Writers

byJames Miller

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From academic essays to blogs, magazine articles to social media posts, newspaper editorials to public service announcements, and advertisements to emails, The Real World Reader brings together a wide collection of formal writing with an equally diverse array of popular writing from everydaylife. This innovative rhetorical reader for first-year composition courses divides the process of rhetorical analysis into logically sequenced steps that focus on five key concepts - purpose, audience, argument, voice, and credibility. Author James Miller encourages students to use this step-by-stepprocess in order to identify, analyze, and master the multiple modes of writing that they will encounter at school, work, and home.

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James Miller is Associate Professor of Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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Title:The Real World Reader: A Rhetorical Reader for WritersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:February 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Rhetorical Table of ContentsThematic Table of ContentsPrefaceIntroduction"Writing in The Real World"What Does This Book Ask You to Do?Why Should You Do It?How Do You Get It Done?Thinking Rhetorically About Real World Writing: A Step-by-Step GuideUsing These Rhetorical Steps to Analyze Real World Writing--"Column Degrading, Rather Than Empowering"Putting It Into Writing"Dangerous Images"Analyzing Rhetorical ModesLooking Forward, Getting StartedPART 1. THE READING AND WRITING PROCESS1. Thinking Rhetorically About the Reading Process--Planet Green Recycle, "The Bike Revolution"--"Editorial: To Eliminate Fraternity Hazing, Pledging Must End"--Visual Rhetoric: Joel Pett, "Unemployment Line"--Sherry Turkle, "The Flight From Conversation"Multimedia Writing in the Real World--Visual Rhetoric: "D!straction.Gov"Activities for Putting Rhetorical Analysis into Practice2. Thinking Rhetorically About the Writing ProcessInvention--Determining Your Purpose--Activities for Thinking Rhetorically About Purpose--Understanding Your Audience--Activities for Thinking Rhetorically About Audience--Building Your Argument--Activities for Thinking Rhetorically About ArgumentExample: Thinking Rhetorically About InventionEditorial Staff, "A Big Change, But Not the End"Rhetorical Strategies for InventionArrangement--Creating Your Own Voice--Example: Thinking Rhetorically About Arrangement--Activities for Thinking Rhetorically About Arrangement3. Thinking Rhetorically About the Revision and Editing ProcessRevision--The Minimum Wage Debate--Transitions--Conclusion---Transitions--Activities for Thinking Rhetorically About Revision--Rhetorical Strategies for RevisingEditing--Strategies for Editing--Activities for Editing4. Thinking Rhetorically About Different Modes of WritingNarration--Suleika Jaouad, "Life, Interrupted: Five Days of Chemo"--Analyzing Narration in Rhetorical Terms--Using Narration to Create Your Own WritingDescription--Sheryl Sandberg, from Lean In--Analyzing Description in Rhetorical Terms--Using Description to Create Your Own WritingCompare and Contrast--The New York Times, "More Lessons About Charter Schools"--Analyzing Compare and Contrast in Rhetorical Terms--Using Compare and Contrast to Create Your Own WritingExemplification--Anonymous, "I am an Undocumented Immigrant at Stanford University"--Analyzing Exemplification in Rhetorical Terms--Using Exemplification to Create Your Own WritingCause and Effect--Julie Angwin, "Why I'm Unfriending You on Facebook"--Analyzing Cause and Effect in Rhetorical Terms--Using Cause and Effect to Create Your Own WritingProcess--Leah Koenig, "The Classy Dive: Do's and Don't's of Dumpster Diving"--Analyzing Process in Rhetorical Terms--Using Process to Create Your Own WritingDefinition--Beth Teitel, "Why Do We Loathe Mullets?"--Analyzing Definition in Rhetorical Terms--Using Definition to Create Your Own WritingProposal--Lawrence Gostin, "Banning Large Sodas is Legal and Smart"--Analyzing Proposal in Rhetorical Terms--Using Propoal to Create Your Own WritingPART 2. RHETORICAL READINGS5. PurposeWhat goal do I want to achieve?How to Analyze Purpose in Real World WritingEllen Roche, "Military Recruiters on Campus Is a Bad Idea"Informal Writing Selections--Courtney Whitman, "Best Warriors Highlight Strong Army Values"--Matt Kibbe, "Take America Back"--Visual Rhetoric: Andy Reynolds, "Voto Aqui"--Alicia Criado, "After Waiting 13 Years, My Family Reunited"--Jamie Kelley, "The Steroid Problem, and How to Fix It"--Bryan Johnson, "Make State-Church Separation Absolute"Formal Writing Selections--Jose Cruz, "College Affordability: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't"``--Sherry Turkle, "The Flight From Conversation"--Douglass Rushkoff, "Why I'm Quitting Facebook"--Shankar Vedantam, "Partisanship is the New Racism"--Visual Rhetoric: Stuart Isett, "Occupy Seattle Protesters Join Police Brutality March"F. Diane Barth, "Why Women Fear Envy, and Why We Don't Need To"Academic Writing Selections--Tillie Olsen, "I Stand Here Ironing"--Stephen King, "Why We Crave Horror Movies"Using the Steps of Rhetorical Analysis to Write Your Own Academic EssayStudent Essay: Iris Lopez, "Unintended Consequences: The Dangers of Social Media"Group Work: Thinking Rhetorically About Formal SelectionsDifferent Purpose, Different Point: Understanding the Connection Between Informal and Formal WritingConnecting Purpose to Rhetorical ModesSpeaking For Yourself6. AudienceAudience and the Goals of WritingHow to Analyze Audience in Real World WritingConnie Uhlrich, "Let Me Choose My Own Classes!"Informal Writing Selections--PostivelyPresent.com, "Get Happier!"--Girlshealth.gov, "Why Fitness Matters"--Visual Rhetoric: Justin Bilicki, "We Are Destroying the Earth"--Peter Hakim and Cameron Combs, "Why the US Should Legalize Marijuana"--CNN.com, "Kate and William Bring Home the Royal Baby"Formal Writing Selections--Michael Solis, "Social Media: Obstacle to Friendship/Love"--Christopher Calabrese and Michael Harwood, "Desroying the Right to be Left Alone"--Allison Brennan, "Microtargeting: How Campaigns Know You Better Than You Know Yourself"--Daniel Solove, "Why Privacy Matters, Even When You Have 'Nothing to Hide'"Visual Rhetoric: Tim Robberts, "Young Woman Peering Inside Laptop Screen"--Jim Taylor, "Popular Culture: Reality TV is NOT Reality"Academic Writing Selections--George Orwell, "Shooting an Elephant"--Jhumpa Lahiri, "Rice"Using the Steps of Rhetorical Analysis to Write Your Own Academic Essay--Student Essay: Luke VanderMeer, "Censoring Free Speech: A Contradiction in Terms"Group Work: Thinking Rhetorically About Formal SelectionsChanging Contexts, Shifting Audiences: Understanding the Connection Between Informal and Formal WritingConnecting Audience to Rhetorical ModesSpeaking for Yourself7. ArgumentWhat Point am I Trying to Make?How to Analyze Argument in Real World WritingAlex Echov, "The Credit Card Trap"Informal Writing Selections--Adam Copeland, ""I Will Pray on National Day of Prayer but NOT Because Congress Told Me To"--Kristi Myllenbeck, "You're Vegan, We Get It"--Debate.org, "Where Else Would Our Children Learn Patriotism?"--Visual Rhetoric: Chris Knorr, "The Pledge of Allegiance and an American Flag"--Amanda Hall, "College Affordability and the Growing Cost of Education"--Visual Rhetoric: John Darkow, "Student Loan Debt"--Penny Lee, "The Problem With a $15 Minimum Wage,"Formal Writing Selections--Myisha Cherry, "Twitter Trolls and the Refusal to Be Silenced"--Lisa Bonos, "The Art of the Digital Breakup"--Geoffrey Nunberg, "Swearing: A Long and #%@and$ History"--Bonnie Erbe, "As Religious Affiliation Declines, What's the Impact?"--E.J. Dionne, "Will We Keep Hating Government?"Academic Writing Selections--Thomas Jefferson, "The Declaration of Independence"--Elizabeth Cady Stanton, "Address to the Seneca Falls Convention"Using the Steps of Rhetorical Analysis to Write Your Own Academic EssayStudent Essay: Andrea MacBride, "Dolls: A Legacy of Stereotypes"Group Work: Thinking Rhetorically About Formal SelectionsArguing in Context: Understanding the Connection Between Informal and Formal WritingConnecting Argument to Rhetorical ModesSpeaking for Yourself8. VoicePutting It Into WordsHow to Analyze Voice in Real World WritingJason Sulakis, "Personal Portrait"Informal Writing Selections--Hailey Yook, "Positive Stereotypes are Hurtful, Too"--The Onion, "Ah, To Be Young, Rich, White, Male, College-Educated, Straight, and in Love"--Adrian Rodriguez, "Body Art Stereotypes Misrepresent Tattoo and Piercing Culture"--Visual Rhetoric: Ed Fischer, "Pink Slime Burger"--Denis Storey, "Why We Hate Congress"--Valerie Frankel, "Your Three Biggest Stressors, Solved"Formal Writing Selections--Brian Moen, "The Myth of Objectivity"--Carl Elliot, "The Perfect Voice"--Deanna Zandt, "Can't We All Just Get Along? Polarization of Politics, the Internet and You"--Patricia Williams, "Anti-Intellectualism is Taking Over the US"--William J. Astore, "The United States of Euphemism"Academic Writing Selections--Zora Neal Hurston, "How It Feels to be Colored Me"--Richard Rodriguez, "Public Language, Private Language"Using the Steps of Rhetorical Analysis to Write Your Own Academic EssayStudent Essay: Daniel Freeport, "Alternative Versus Conventional Medicine"Group Work: Thinking Rhetorically About Formal SelectionsDifferent Goals, Different Voices: Understanding the Connection between Informal and Formal WritingConnecting Voice to Rhetorical ModesSpeaking for Yourself9. CredibilityHow Do I Make Myself Believable?How to Analyze Credibility in Real World WritingNatalie Wu, "Childhood Obesity Is No Laughing Matter"Informal Writing Selections--Consumer Reports, "Mercury in Canned Tuna is Still a Concern"--National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, "Why Charter Schools?"--Virginia Heffernan, "Why I'm a Creationist"--Houston Chronicle, "On Global Warming, the Science is Solid"--Robin Warshow, "Eating Healthfully During Stressful Times"Formal Writing Selections--Pamela Rutledge, "#Selfies: Narcissism or Self-Exploration?"--Frederic Neuman, "Should You Trust Your Doctor?"--Jeff Karon, "A Positive Solution for Plagiarism"--Stephanie Pappas, "Oscar Psychology: Why Celebrities Fascinate Us"Academic Writing Selections--Shirley Jackson, "The Lottery"--Brent Staples, "Black Men and Public Space"Using the Steps of Rhetorical Analysis to Write Your Own Academic EssayStudent Essay: Rachel Morton, "How I Learned to Dislike Math"Group Work: Thinking Rhetorically About Formal SelectionsComparing Credibility: Understanding the Connection Between Informal and Formal WritingConnecting Credibility to Rhetorical ModesSpeaking for YourselfPART 3. THE RESEARCH PROCESS10. Finding and Evaluating SourcesThinking Rhetorically About ResearchGenerating a Viable Research TopicCreating a Formal Research Proposal--Research Proposal ExampleUsing SourcesFinding Sources--What to Look for--Where to Look for ItEvaluating Sources11. Creating and Revising a Research DraftOrganizing Your Research PaperIntegrating Research SourcesIdentifying and Avoiding PlagiarismCreating Your First DraftStudent Writing: "Brain Injury and the NFL: Time for a Change"Revising Your First DraftRevision: Student Writing, "Brain Injury and the NFL: Time for a Change"Citing and Documenting Sources--In-Text Citations: MLA Guidelines--In-Text Citations: Electronic Sources--Works Cited: MLA GuidelinesCreditsIndex

Editorial Reviews

"I champion the idea of students being both consumers and producers of multimodal texts. This is a good text for adjuncts and instructors new to our program's philosophy, because it provides the theory within the apparatus." --Kim Haimes-Korn, Southern Polytechnic State University