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The Composition of Everyday Life, Concise 5th Edition

John Mauk | John Metz

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THE COMPOSITION OF EVERYDAY LIFE, emphasizes invention to help students rediscover concepts, uncover meaning, and rethink the world around them. This edition provides examples and assignments to help students address rhetorical concerns and includes Beyond the Essay activities to help students consider how their work can transfer to other types of writing. Known for its fresh voice, use of images, and sound pedagogical foundation, this valuable resource offers students and teachers the tools for making meaning and generating writing. Packaged with a free Cengage Essential Reference Card to the MLA HANDBOOK, Eighth Edition.

John Mauk, Miami University

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, Kent State University at Geauga

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.
  • Emphasis on invention: Unlike any other writing guide, THE COMPOSITION OF EVERYDAY LIFE, Concise, offers 13 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.
  • Step-by-step invention instruction: Included in each invention chapter, Point of Contact sections help students discover a topic from everyday life. Analysis sections launch them beyond initial thoughts and help them explore the topic. Public Resonance helps students extend the topic outward, to make the topic relevant to a community of readers. Thesis helps you focus students’ thinking and develop a revelatory point. Rhetorical Tools help students support their point with a variety of common strategies.
  • Thorough revision and editing coverage: 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, the new Chapter 19, "Sentence Vitality," explains and illustrates 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 to other writing situations what they have learned while writing a single essay. These activities can also help students identify areas for revision toward a course portfolio.
  • Attractive design in a concise package: THE COMPOSITION OF EVERYDAY LIFE, Concise, still offers the clean and elegant design students and instructors value, but the look and feel is lighter and more approachable.

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Online Instructor's Manual, Concise

ISBN: 9781305110632
Correlated with THE COMPOSITION OF EVERYDAY LIFE, Concise, Fifth Edition, this manual is packed with resources to help you maximize your class preparation efforts, including teaching tips, syllabus planning, and lesson organization.