A Meeting of the Minds: A Brief Rhetoric for Writers and Readers

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"This progressive rhetoric provides strategies for inquiry-driven reading and research as well as source-based academic writing and argument. A Meeting of Minds offers students concrete strategies for analyzing rhetorical situations (the ways writer, subject, purpose, and audience influence the writer's work) and approaching research as a process of extended inquiry (asking good questions and learning through source-based discovery). Students practice summarizing, analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing academic sources and learn to choose effective rhetorical strategies, structures, reasons, and appeals to fit their writing situation. Visual texts and document design are treated as rhetorical considerations and are linked through discussions of the rhetoric of web pages. Sample student works, as well as professional readings from a variety of sources, appear in every chapter. Showcasing realistic models of inquiry, the text includes five casebooks of cross-disciplinary readings on provocative issues: "Can We Talk?" on language and gender; "Should We Have a National Language?" on the politics of language; "Why Vote?" on the decline of civic participation in government; "Are We Getting Warmer?" on the science and politics of global warming; and "Are We Too Plugged In?" on the social and cultural impact of digital technologies."--Pub. description.

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