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This text was written to serve the needs of students and instructors alike; to help students further develop and hone the skills necessary to communicate effectively in the digital age, and to help instructors facilitate that learning. With those two objectives foremost in mind, it offers a scaffolded structure of lessons, exercises, and other resources designed to facilitate learning and teaching. Because research suggests that students learn best when they apply and practice concepts, each chapter focuses on a specific composition skill or concept, and leads student practice toward independent mastery. Compose also exposes students to the idea of composition beyond the academic essay, and addresses specifically the inner workings of composition, and the various ways of thinking and organizing ideas that can be applied to most genres.
Rhetorical Situations, Writing Processes, and Elements of Rhetoric Approaches to Critical Thinking and Reading Critical Writing From Critical Ideas to the Thesis Statement Revision: Strategies and Approaches to Revising Texts Editing and Proofreading: Style, Voice, and Polish Research: Finding a Topic and Discovering the Arguments Research: How to Strategize, Evaluate, and Manage Sources Writing Technologies, Composition, and Genre Images and Visual Rhetoric: Interpretation and Analysis Logical Reasoning and Logical Fallacies Developing Ethos in Argument and Debate: Counterargument and Concession Writing the Research Paper: Do's and Don'ts Suggested Readings, Blogs, and Videos Transitions Sample Rubrics Rhetorical Devices Glossary of Terms