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Writing & Rhetoric. Book 10: Thesis Part 1
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The Writing & Rhetoric series method employs fluent reading, careful listening, models for imitation, and progressive steps. It assumes that students learn best by reading excellent, whole-story examples of literature and by growing their skills through imitation. Each exercise is intended to impart a skill (or tool) that can be employed in all kinds of writing and speaking. The exercises are arranged from simple to more complex. What’s more, the exercises are cumulative, meaning that later exercises incorporate the skills acquired in preceding exercises. This series is a step-by-step apprenticeship in the art of writing and rhetoric.
In Writing & Rhetoric Book 10: Thesis Part 1 (consumable student edition), students will write well-crafted persuasive thesis essays with narrative, descriptive, expository, and comparative elements. The thesis essay is perhaps the most important form of academic writing. In fact, in every major in college, successful exams and term papers depend on excellent thesis writing. Each composition requires strong critical thinking skills, an understanding of audiences and how to “hook” them, and a logical progression of ideas and evidence. The thesis exercise employs all of the skills students have gained in their study of the progymnasmata and adds something more: the consideration and rebuttal of counterarguments. By thinking through opposition to their main ideas, students grow in their ability to think flexibly and to defend their position. In addition, the thesis essay will help students to examine and sustain ideas, two skills much needed in today’s public discourse. In this 1-semester book, students will learn to:
- create complex thesis statements
- write thesis essays with an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion
- sustain arguments for 6 paragraphs
- use topic sentences for organizing paragraphs and information
- incorporate supportive facts and details, including quotations, paraphrases, and allusions
- understand audiences better, “hook” their attention, and consider the purpose for reaching them
- appeal to readers though credibility (ethos) and logic (logos)
- build copiousness
- improve essays using speaking as an aid to revision
- revise essays for redundancies, padded writing, informal tone, dangling modifiers, and faulty predication
- analyze literature excerpts for theme
- annotate texts and narrate them both orally and in summary form
- work on delivery in public speaking—volume, pacing, and inflection
Writing & Rhetoric Book 10: Thesis Part 1 Teacher's Edition This teacher’s edition includes the complete student text, as well as answer keys, teacher’s notes, and explanations. It also contains descriptions and examples of what excellent student writing should be like for every writing assignment, providing the teacher with meaningful and concrete guidance.
Writing & Rhetoric Book 10: Thesis Part 1 Audio Files These audio files accompany Writing & Rhetoric Book 10: Thesis Part 1 and allow students to engage their sense of hearing and their listening intelligence as Greg Lowe and Lauraine Gustafson deliver the readings aloud in a thoughtful manner.