College Rhetoric: What every student needs to know.
Part I The Socratic Method of Teaching and Learning (Ch. 1-8) defines, illustrates, and demonstrates how to implement Socratic Seminars.
Part II focuses on the central question of rhetoric: Why do we write? The primary assumption is that writing is a means to discovering meaning. The consequence is the need to share that meaning with an audience (Ch. 9-12).
Part III defines, illustrates, and implements the eleven basic strategies of rhetoric in a series of formal essays viewed as follow-ups to Socratic Seminars (Ch. 13-23).
Everything in this book is based on the assumption that you, the college level English student, not the teacher, is the primary agent in learning. The corollary is that authentic learning is active learning. The consequence is that students become responsible for their own learning. After all, at some point in your life, you and you alone will decide what is true and good for you. Others will help to guide you to make life decisions but, in the end, you are responsible for yourself--for good or bad. In the end, according to Emerson, “nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.”
This book divides into three parts: (I) The Socratic method of teaching and learning (chapter 1-8) a (II) What students need to know about rhetoric (chapters 9-14), and (III) The Strategies of Rhetoric (chapters 15-21).
Part I describes, defines and illustrates the Socratic method in a sequence of six lesson plans that explain how to engage students in the Socratic method of teaching and learning as a crucial prelude to writing. These lesson plans also enable teacher and student to develop the skills of independent, reflective, and critical thinking.
Part II focuses on the basic question of rhetoric: why do we write? The primary assumption is that writing is a means to creating meaning. Its consequence is the need to share that meaning with an audience.
Part III defines, illustrates, and applies the eleven basic strategies of development in a series of formal essays viewed as follow-ups to Socratic seminars.
In short, the ultimate goal of this College Rhetoric textbook is to develop the skillful use of language, oral and written, that provokes thinking and may even change behavior--your own or others.Purchase your textbooks today!
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