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Co-authored by an honors English professor and an award-winning high-school AP teacher, Advancing Rhetoric: Critical Thinking and Writing for the Advanced Student, by Dr. Jennifer Cognard-Black and Dr. Anne M. Cognard, is a composition textbook geared for high-ability learners in both college-level honors and advanced high-school classes, such as Advanced Placement (AP) classes in both Language and Literature.
Advancing Rhetoric offers an innovative and challenging pedagogy for writing and critical thinking that motivates high-ability students to invent new forms and to choose writing tasks depending on the subject matter, audience, and rhetorical context of the writing. Students do not drill critical thinking skills¿they become their own critical thinkers.
To challenge and appeal to high-ability learners, Advancing Rhetoric offers three distinctive features:- provocative readings that bring together classical with modern texts (e.g., Plato with Toni Morrison) as well as adaptable writing assignments that challenge and excite high-ability students (e.g., writing a Socratic Dialogue between Plato and Morrison)
- an interdisciplinary, multicultural, and multimedia pedagogy thoroughly informed by classical rhetorical principles
- methods by which students learn how to develop their own evaluative rubrics for assessing all kinds of writing
Comprehensive Teacher's Book
Advancing Rhetoric comes with a unique Teacher's Book designed exclusively for both AP Literature and AP Language teachers. This book also recognizes the specific need of AP teachers whose classes are daily and last for a full year. Therefore, the book includes lessons to expand Advancing Rhetoric into year-long AP classes and offers resources for assisting students with the national AP exams.
Part I Invention: Discovering the Writer's Truth Chapter 1: Ethos or My Word Is My Bond
Chapter 2: Logos or My Mind Is My Bond
Chapter 3: Pathos or My Heart Is My Bond
Part II Disposition: Creating the Writer's Form
Chapter 4: Form Equals Function
Chapter 5: Classical and Current Forms
Chapter 6: An Un-Form Is Still a Form
Part III Style: Knowing the Writer's Writing
Chapter 7: What is Style?
Chapter 8: Style Through Diction
Chapter 9: Style Through Syntax
Chapter 10: Style Through Figurative Language
Chapter 11: Style Through Sound
Chapter 12: Style Synthesis
Jennifer Cognard-Black, Professor of English at St. Mary's College of Maryland, received her B.A. in English and music from Nebraska Wesleyan University, summa cum laude, her M.A. in fiction and essay writing from Iowa State University, and her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in nineteenth-century literature and feminist literary theory. Jennifer's specialties are women novelists, Victorian adaptations, fiction writing, and the literatures of food. A two-time Fulbright scholar to The Netherlands and Slovenia, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and the winner of the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching—considered the "Nobel Prize of teaching" with a cash prize of $250,000—Jennifer's books include Narrative in the Professional Age (Routledge 2004); Kindred Hands (Iowa UP 2006); a writing textbook, Advancing Rhetoric (Kendall/Hunt 2006); an anthology of literature with recipes, Books that Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal (NYUP 2014); and a collection of essays, From Curlers to Chainsaws: Women and Their Machines (MSUP 2016). She is currently working with her long-time collaborator, Melissa Goldthwaite, on a second volume of food writing, Ethical Eating: Conflicts, Conversations, Commitments, slated for publication with NYUP in 2023.
Yet Jennifer's interests also encompass images of women in popular culture (she is a member of Ms. Magazine's Committee of Scholars and a past Reviews Editor for Literary Mama); Shakespeare and consumption (she offers a study tour to Stratford-upon-Avon, England); writing theory and its practice; and Victorian visuality, especially the intersections of photography and narrative.
In addition, Jennifer publishes short stories under the pen name J. Annie MacLeod. The recipient of both a Maryland State Arts Council and a Mid-Atlantic Arts Council grant, three of her stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she's been published in many journals, including Story Magazine, The Cream City Review, So To Speak, Roanoke Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Versal, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Her two lecture series with The Great Courses reflect her creative work—"How to Become a Great Essayist" (2016) and "Great American Short Stories" (2019)—while her series with Audible.com, "Books that Cook: Food and Fiction" (2021), speaks to her lifelong interest in relationships among food, storytelling, and identity.
Jennifer's latest project is a novel fictionalizing the scandalous bits of Edith Wharton's life, under the working title Making Up. She is represented by the Gernet Company.