Second Edition   ©2017

Understanding Rhetoric

A Graphic Guide to Writing

Elizabeth Losh , Jonathan Alexander , Kevin Cannon , Zander Cannon

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-04213-9; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-04213-4; Format: Paper Text, 360 pages

Advice students need to succeed in first-year writing courses—in an engaging comic format. Understanding Rhetoric takes a rhetorical approach to the composition course, asking students to analyze the choices they and other writers make. The illustrations make challenging concepts (such as synthesis, ethos/pathos/logos, and a writer’s identity) both clear and fun to read about, while visual reference features offer the quick help that student writers need.

Student-friendly ReFrame sections with a focus on applying each chapter’s advice. Student characters Luis, Cindy, and Carol "reframe" the key concepts of each chapter by tackling assignments such as analyzing written and visual texts and doing ethnographic research.

Assignments at the end of each chapter. Each set of assignments includes a visual strand calling for analysis of images (including the contents of the chapters themselves) and suggested writing prompts for individual or collaborative projects, such as an analysis of the rhetoric of an online profile or a proposal for writing based on firsthand experience.

Plentiful instructor support. An instructor’s manual offers advice from Liz Losh and Jonathan Alexander, as well as Jasmine Lee, and Keith McCleary, two instructors with experience teaching with Understanding Rhetoric. This heavily revised and expanded resource offers detailed advice for structuring a course using Understanding Rhetoric, support for instructors teaching with comics for the first time, and a robust set of assignment ideas and class activities, with additional resources available on the Macmillan Community