Higher Education

The Composition of Everyday Life, 4th Edition

  • John Mauk Northwestern Michigan College
  • John Metz Kent State University at Geauga
  • ISBN-10: 1133311199  |  ISBN-13: 9781133311195
  • 752 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2010, 2007
  • © 2014 | Published
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Overview

Showing students that the act of writing is connected to their daily lives, THE COMPOSITION OF EVERYDAY LIFE emphasizes invention to help students re-discover concepts, uncover meaning, and rethink the world around them. The Fourth Edition offers twelve chapters to help students invent ideas, more than any text on the market. Its 80-plus reading selections by both professional and student writers expose readers to a variety of disciplines. The new edition includes an entire chapter devoted to information literacy, which walks students through a writing project designed to analyze and evaluate a range of sources. Additionally, each writing project chapter includes Reflection activities that ask students to articulate ideas about how their essays work. These prompts get students writing about writing and move them toward self-assessment. A proven text, THE COMPOSITION OF EVERYDAY LIFE is noted for its fresh voice, colorful use of images, and the soundness and timeliness of its pedagogical foundation. It breaks down the opposition between the personal spaces of everyday life and the critical discourse of academia. The result is a book offering students and teachers pedagogy for making meaning and generating writing, at the intersection of academic and non-academic life. With its emphasis on invention, The COMPOSITION OF EVERYDAY LIFE gives students excellent preparation for the reading and writing activities they may encounter throughout their college experience--and well beyond.

Features and Benefits

  • Emphasis on invention: Unlike any other writing guide, THE COMPOSITION OF EVERYDAY LIFE offers 12 invention chapters, guiding students to be inventive thinkers and writers. In addition, "Point of Contact" sections encourage students to slow down and notice the nuances of life around them while considering possibilities for writing topics, thus promoting the union of invention and everyday life.
  • Step-by-step instruction: Included in each invention chapter, "Thesis" sections contain prompts, sample thesis statements, common thesis problems, and an "Evolution of a Thesis" chart illustrating the gradual development of an idea and helping students develop revelatory thesis statements for their writing projects. "Analysis" sections, in turn, help students discover the meaning and significance of ideas while prompting them to explore their topics with questions and dialogic activities.
  • Rhetorical toolbox: Explaining the support strategies that are most applicable and appropriate to the writing situation, "Rhetorical Tools" sections teach students that all rhetorical tools--narration, argumentative appeals, allusions, and so on--can be applied according to the writer's particular needs.
  • Thorough revision and editing: "Peer Review" activities specific to each chapter as well as "Public Resonance" sections illustrate that writing is public in nature and help students shape their writing for their audience. Adding an intensive editing step to the invention process, "Vitality" sections explain and illustrate particular strategies for pruning, weeding, trimming, and giving life to students' writing.
  • Beyond the "final" draft: Prompting students into some theorizing about their own language and intellectual moves, the Reflection sections can help students transfer what they have learned while writing a single essay to other writing situations. These activities can also help students identify areas for revision toward a course portfolio.
  • Anthology of Readings: An anthology of readings provides more flexibility for instructors to assign selections beyond those included in individual chapters or to assign thematic units.

Table of Contents

1. INVENTING IDEAS.
Asking Questions. Re-Inventing Education. Considering The Essay. Reading for Intellectual Agility and Rhetoric. Applying Rhetoric To Your Own Writing. How To Use The Composition Of Everyday Life. Sample Essays. Writing Topics. Invention. Inventing Ideas Assignment.
2. REMEMBERING WHO YOU WERE.
Readings. "Selling Manure," Bonnie Jo Campbell. "How I Lost the Junior Miss Pageant," Cindy Bosley. "The Thrill of Victory . . . The Agony of Parents," Jennifer Schwind-Pawlak [Student essay]. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Thinking Further. Public Resonance. Thesis. Evolution of a Thesis. Common Thesis Problems. Rhetorical Tools. Narration. Allusions. Dialogue. Organizational Strategies. Writer''s Voice. Vitality. Revision. Peer Review. Peer Review Truisms. Reflection.
3. EXPLAINING RELATIONSHIPS.
Readings. "Americans and the Land," John Steinbeck. Mugged," Jim Crockett. "Delicate Friend," Lauren Jackson [Student essay]. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Thinking Further. Public Resonance. Thesis. Evolution of a Thesis. Rhetorical Tools. Using Narration. Using Description. Using Figurative Language. Organizational Strategies. Writer''s Voice. Vitality. Revision. Peer Review. Reflection. Beyond the Essay.
4. OBSERVING.
Readings. "Heart of Sand," Anne-Marie Oomen. "The Front Porch," Chester McCovey. "Corpse Colloquy," Justin Scott [Student essay]. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Thinking Further. Public Resonance. Thesis. Evolution of a Thesis. Rhetorical Tools. Using Details. Using Narrative. Using Allusions. Using Figurative Language. Organizational Strategies. Writer''s Voice. Vitality. Revision. Peer Review. Reflection.
5. ANALYZING CONCEPTS.
Readings. "World Gone Mad," Derrick Jensen. "''Have It Your Way'': Consumerism Invades Education," Simon Benlow. "The Real, The Bad, and The Ugly," Cassie Heidecker [Student essay]. "What Is Education?" Petra Pepellashi [Student essay]. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Thinking Further. Public Resonance. Thesis. Evolution of a Thesis. Rhetorical Tools. Examples and Contrary Examples. Definitions and References. Outside Sources. Organizational Strategies. Writer''s Voice. Vitality. Revision. Reflection. Beyond the Essay: Conceptual Mapping.
6. ANALYZING IMAGES.
Readings. "Rise of the Image Culture: Re-Imagining the American Dream, "Elizabeth Thoman. "The Mighty Image," Cameron Johnson. "An Imperfect Reality," Rebecca Hollingsworth [Student essay]. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Image. Text. Subtext. Context. Thinking Further. Thesis. Common Thesis Problems. Evolution of a Thesis. Rhetorical Tools. Using Details from the Image. Using Other Evidence. Organizational Strategies. Writer''s Voice. Vitality. Revision. Peer Review. Reflection.
7. MAKING ARGUMENTS.
Readings. "The Dog Delusion," April Pedersen. "Cruelty, Civility, and Other Weighty Matters," Ann Marie Paulin. "Floppy Disk Fallacies," Elizabeth Bohnhorst [Student Essay]. "Whales R Us," Jayme Stayer. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Thinking Further. Public Resonance. Thesis. Evolution of a Thesis. Common Thesis Problems. Rhetorical Tools. Support. Counterargument. Concession and Qualifier. Caution: Logical Fallacies Ahead. Organizational Strategies. Writer''s Voice. Vitality. Revision. Peer Review. Reflection. Beyond the Essay: The Open Letter.
8. RESPONDING TO ARGUMENTS.
Readings. "What Orwell Didn''t Know," George Lakoff. "Entitlement Education," Daniel Bruno. "Reality Check," Allison Hester [Student essay]. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. The First Layer: The Four Elements of Argument. The Second Layer: Warranting Assumptions. Public Resonance. Thesis. Evolution of a Thesis. Thinking Further. Rhetorical Tools. Using Support. Counterarguing. Conceding and Qualifying Points. Remembering Logical Fallacies. Organizational Strategies. Writer''s Voice. Rogerian Argument. Vitality. Revision. Peer Review. Reflection.
9. EVALUATING.
Readings. "Talibanned," Benjamin Busch. "The Andy Griffith Show: Return to Normal," Ed Bell. "Star Trek," Jaren Provo. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Discovering the Purpose of the Subject. Applying Criteria to the Subject. Public Resonance. Thesis. Evolution of a Thesis. Common Thesis Problems. Rhetorical Tools. Using Support. Counterarguments and Concessions. Organizational Strategies. Writer''s Voice. Vitality. Revision. Peer Review. Reflection. Beyond the Essay: Classroom Evaluations.
10. SEARCHING FOR CAUSES.
Readings. "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" Nicholas Carr. "Throwing Up Childhood," Leonard Kress. "American Consumerism," Jamie Bentley [Student essay]. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Thinking Further. Public Resonance. Thesis. Evolution of a Thesis. Common Thesis Problems. Rhetorical Tools. Integrating Authorities (Outside Sources). Counterarguing. Conceding. Organizational Strategies. Writer''s Voice. Vitality. Revision. Peer Review. Reflection.
11. PROPOSING SOLUTIONS.
Readings. "Where Anonymity Breeds Contempt," Julie Zhuo. "Attending to the Word," Deirdre Mahoney. "Reverence for Food," Rachel Scofield [Student essay]. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Problems. Solutions. Thinking Further. Public Resonance. Thesis. Evolution of a Thesis. Rhetorical Tools. Discovering Counterargument and Alternative Solutions. Avoiding Logical Fallacies. Organizational Strategies. Writer''s Voice. Vitality. Revision. Peer Review. Reflection.
12. THINKING RADICALLY: RE-SEEING THE WORLD.
Readings. "An Apology to Future Generations," Simon Benlow. "Unemployed, and Working Hard," Simon Wykoff [Student essay]. "Celibate Passion," Kathleen Norris. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Thinking Further. Public Resonance. Thesis. Evolution of a Thesis. Rhetorical Tools. Using Narration. Using Description. Using Figurative Language. Using Definitions. Argumentative Support. Counterargument. Concession. Toulminian Analysis. Outside Sources. Organizational Strategies. Writer''s Voice. Vitality. Revision. Peer Review. Reflection. Beyond the Essay.
13. FINDING SOURCES.
Using Catalogs and Databases. Online Catalogs. Periodical Databases. Conducting Interviews. Planning an Interview. Asking the Right Questions. Integrating Interviews into Your Writing. Creating Surveys. Generating Questions. Choosing Respondents. Recording and Using Responses.
14. ANALYZING, SYNTHESIZING, AND EVALUATING SOURCES.
Developing Critical Literacy. "Just the Facts, Please"--or Maybe Not. "Numbers Don''t Lie"--or Do They? Summarizing and Analyzing Sources. Content. Context. Understanding Common Source Genres. Synthesizing Sources. Assignment: Summarizing, Analyzing, and Synthesizing Sources. Sample Synthesis: Exploring Caffeine Views, by Jim Crockett. Evaluating Sources. Relevance. Reliability. Credibility. Timeliness. Diversity. Assignment: Evaluating a Source. Sample Source Evaluation, by Janet Lively.
15. INTEGRATING AND DOCUMENTING SOURCES.
Basic Concepts. Issues to Consider and Discuss. Why Get Information from Sources? When to Get Information from Sources. What Is Inventive Research? Where to Get Information from Sources. What Is Plagiarism? Why Document Sources? What''s a Good Research Topic? Formal versus Informal Documentation. Integrating Ideas from Sources. Summary. Quotation. Special Conditions in Quoting. Organizing Sources. Blending in the Source Information. Documenting Sources. MLA Style. In-Text Citation. Works Cited. Sample Research Essay. APA Style. In-Text Citation. References. Sample Research Essay.
16. ANTHOLOGY: EVERYDAY RHETORIC.
Remembering. "A Beat Education," Leonard Kress. "The Grapes of Mrs. Rath," Steve Mockensturm. "The Greatest Gift," Samantha Tengelitsch. Explaining Relationships. "We Love Them. We Hate Them. We Take Them." Abigail Zuger. "What the Honey Meant," Cindy Bosley. "Dog-Tied," David Hawes. "Friend or Foe?" Dean A. Meek. "Political Adaptation," Daniel P. Doezema. Observing. "Planting a Tree," Edward Abbey. "Gombe," Jane Goodall. "Onward, Gamers, Onward!" Royce Flores. "The Farm on the Hill," Evan Proudfoot. "The Holy Land," Kierstin Reszka. Analyzing Concepts. "Why We No Longer Use the ''H'' Word," Dan Wilkins. "Cookies or Heroin," Marie Winn. "What It Means to Be Creative," S. I. Hayakawa. Public Art. Analyzing Images. "Addiction as a Relationship," Jean Kilbourne. "Cartoons ''n Comics: Communication to the Quick," Joy Clough. "The Power of Images: Creating the Myths of Our Time," J. Francis Davis. Making Arguments. "Internet Addiction," Greg Beato. "Crimes Against Humanity," Ward Churchill. "Beware of Drug Sales," Therese Cherry. Professional Letter, Therese Cherry. "The Worst Crime of the 20th Century," Carolyn Dean and Ellisa Meininger. "Why a Great Books Education Is the Most Practical!" David Crabtree. "How Would Jesus Drive?" Responding to Arguments. "Military Fraud: The Myth of Automatic Virtue," Radical New Thoughts. "Surrender Speech," Chief Joseph. "A More Perfect Union," Barack Obama. Evaluating. "True Grit," Roger Ebert. "Revealing the Ugly Cartoonish Truth: The Simpsons," Simon Benlow. "Hip-Hop: A Roadblock or Pathway to Black Empowerment?" Geoffrey Bennett. "The Parting Breath of the Now-Perfect Woman," Chester McCovey. Searching for Causes. "A Boy''s Life," JoAnn Wypijewski. "When Bright Girls Decide That Math Is a ''Waste of Time," Susan Jacoby. "Sex, Lies, and Conversation: Why Is It So Hard for Men and Women to Talk to Each Other?" Deborah Tannen. "Large Office Typing Pool." "The Flag Code." Proposing Solutions. "Medicine After Oil," Daniel Bednarz. "Drugs," Gore Vidal. "Technology, Movement, and Sound," Ed Bell. "Television: Destroying Childhood," Rose Bachtel. "A Modest Proposal," Jonathon Swift. "How to Say Nothing in 500 Words," Paul Roberts. Thinking Radically. "Farming and the Global Economy," Wendell Berry. "Group Minds," Doris Lessing. "Not Homeschooling? What''s Your Excuse?" Tricia Smith. "Was I a Good American in the Time of George Bush?" Rebecca Solnit.
17. RHETORICAL HANDBOOK
Basic Grammar. Words. Sentences. Complete Sentences. Sentence Vitality. Writing Style. Agreement. Parallelism. Paragraphs. Opening and Closing Paragraphs. Supporting Paragraphs. Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay. Coherence.

What's New

  • New Information Literacy Chapter: In this era of information overload, students need help understanding how texts speak to and within disciplinary debates and cultural trends. They need to understand how information works, where it comes from, and for whom it is designed. In short, students need help understanding the din of voices; instructors ask for help teaching synthesis. New Chapter 14, "Analyzing, Synthesizing, and Evaluating Sources," guides students through specific intellectual moves necessary for better understanding the rhetoric of secondary sources.
  • Thinking Critically about Statistics and Facts: Many first-year college students suffer under the statistic and fact myths--that numbers are inherently truer than opinions and that facts are inherently better than theories. These notions can undermine students' understanding of argument, information, and the inventive acts of writing. Contained in Chapter 14, this section explains how facts come to be--how they come to be accepted in a community, how they function in debate, how they reinforce perspectives. Once students learn to value statistics appropriately and consider them critically, they will be better able to enter into argument.
  • New Reflection activities: In each writing project chapter (Chapters 2-12) students are asked to articulate ideas about how their essays work. These Reflection prompts get students writing about writing and move them toward self-assessment. When students develop this sort of meta-language, they are better prepared to enter into a dialogue, instead of monologue, with instructors grading/responding to their writing.
  • New reading selections: Sixteen new readings from such writers as Nicholas Carr and Kathleen Norris illustrate the intellectual moves essential to inventive writing.
  • Reorganized handbook: The Rhetorical Handbook now begins with an introduction to basic grammatical elements, moving incrementally from words, to sentences, to paragraphs.
  • Unique images: The fourth edition features additional images for several readings, the same kind of intriguing and unexpected images that reviewers have told us are useful for invention and class discussion.

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"It will change your students' writing."

— Jennifer Hazel, Owens Community College

"This book has the best design I've seen yet for a composition text. It provides structure and context for the writing process and gives students a change to write about issues that are important. The text also allows easy implementation of a portfolio system."

— Andrew Andermatt, Clinton Community College

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THE COMPOSITION OF EVERYDAY LIFE is available as a multimedia eBook! Now you can do all of your reading online or use the true-to-page eBook as a handy reference while completing other coursework. The eBook includes the full text of the print version with interactive exercises, an integrated text-specific workbook, user-friendly navigation, search, and highlighting tools, along with links to videos that enhance the text content. (Access card/code required.)

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Resources for Writers offers a variety of activities for you to practice and refine your understanding of key concepts via interactive grammar and proofreading exercises, anti-plagiarism tutorials, writing and research modules, multimedia activities, and downloadable grammar podcasts.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

John Mauk

John Mauk has a Ph.D. in rhetoric and writing from Bowling Green State University and a Masters in language and literature from the University of Toledo. Scholarship includes an article on critical geography and composition (COLLEGE ENGLISH, March 2003). Mauk now teaches composition and rhetoric courses at Northwestern Michigan College. In 2007, he served on the NCTE Nominating Committee.

John Metz

John Metz has a B.A. in English from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (1983) and an M.A. in English from the University of Toledo (1985). He has taught first-year writing for over 20 years and currently teaches at Kent State University at Geauga in Twinsburg, Ohio.