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Digitally Mediated Composing and You: A Beginner's Guide to Understanding Rhetoric and Writing in an Interconnected World

Author(s): Stephanie Hedge, Courtney Cox

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2021

Pages: 297

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Digitally Mediated Composing and You: A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Rhetoric and Writing in an Interconnected World is centered on the idea that contemporary writing is always already embedded in digital contexts and mediated through digital technologies and that this writing is always already embedded in public, civic, and social contexts. Students are writing more than ever before thanks to their digital technologies: remixing ideas, creating knowledge, and utilizing ever-evolving tools to invent and circulate meaning. Scholars of composition and first-year writing know that these sites of invention are synergistic to collaborative knowledge making in the classroom, however, with most textbooks focusing on traditional methods and approaches, dynamic processes like remix and civic engagement are missing from first-year composition textbooks. Prompted by these limitations, this textbook engages with the realities of student composing, centering upon the writing that students are already doing, re-positioning a critical eye to challenge students to consider the important rhetorical work they’re completing.  

This textbook takes the position that students are already taking part in valuable and dynamic conversations both within the class and beyond, and the goal of this textbook is to help students understand and create writing that does work in the world—so while writing for academe is an important part of our text, we consider the composing that students will encounter in the classroom and beyond. To support students and their instructors, each chapter includes sample assignments and in-class activities to help extend the theories and concepts of this textbook into classroom conversations and student work. 

Some sample chapters in this textbook include: Entering the Conversation, which explores power, ideologies, discourse communities and code switching as features of conversations students will encounter in the world; Multimodality and Remix, chapters which explore writing in and through multiple modes and helping students to make strategic choices for their writing; Information Literacies in the Era of Fake News, which helps students to develop a contemporary information literacy, and Engaged Citizenship: Joining the Conversation, which makes connections between writing, citizenship, and making change in the world. The book also has chapters on Rhetoric; Listening, Reading, and Writing Rhetorically; Kairos, Community Sponsored Literacies, Space and Place, and Understanding the Materiality of Writing. 

Introduction by Stephanie Hedge
What Is This Book?
Why Read This Book?
How Does This Book Act as “Guide”?
What Am I Going to Learn?
What Do I Do When I’m Done with This Book?

Chapter 1: Understanding the Materiality of Writing by Stephanie Hedge and Courtney Cox
Student Profile: Basira
Writing with Your Whole Body
Materiality and Mediation
Writing Practice
Understanding Your Writing Practices Through Research and Analysis
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Classroom Activity
Assignment Sheet: Barriers and Supports Assignment

Chapter 2: Understanding the Conversation(s) by Courtney Cox, Stephanie Hedge, and Yannel Celestrin
Student Profile: Jordan
Writing and Power
Situated Writing
Discourse Communities
Code Switching
(by Yannel Celestrin)
Student Profile: Ximena
What Is Code Switching?
Academic Writing and Code Meshing
Why Do We Code Switch and Code Mesh?
Understanding the Conversation(s)
Understanding the Conversation(s) in the Classroom
Understanding the Conversation(s) in Academe
Understanding the Conversation(s) in the University
Understanding the Conversation(s) in the World
Entering the Conversation
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Classroom Activity
Assignment Sheet: Writing in the Disciplines Assignment

Chapter 3: What Is Rhetoric by Sarah Collins
Student Profile: Junjie
What Is Rhetoric?
Why Study Rhetoric?
Rhetoric and College Writing
When Is Rhetoric?
The Rhetorical Situation
Topic
Purpose
Author
Audience
Genre
Context
Where Is Rhetoric?
Who Is Rhetoric?
Rhetoric Is Social
Rhetoric Is Power
Rhetoric Is Change
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Classroom Activity
Assignment Sheet: Practicing Rhetoric

Chapter 4: Rhetorical Listening and the Importance of Paying Attention by Courtney Cox
Student Profile: Adaora
Rhetorical Listening
Silence as More than Passive Pause
Rhetorical Listening Practices
Rhetorical Listening and Your Own Process
Citation as Rhetorical Listening Praxis
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Classroom Activity
Assignment Sheet: Rhetorical Listening Annotated Bibliography

Chapter 5: Reading Rhetorically by Jenn Whalen and Scott Fenton
Student Profile: Ollie
Reader Response Theory
Reading Rhetorically
Reading as a Process
Prereading
Annotation
Postreading
Physical vs. Digital
Reading in the World
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Classroom Activity
Assignment Sheet: Reader Response Assignment

Chapter 6: Writing Rhetorically: Rhetorical Appeals by Elizabeth Imafuji
Student Profile: Mirai
Rhetorical Appeals
Pathos, or Persuasion Through Emotion
Logos Is an Appeal to Logic and Argument
Ethos, or Persuasion Through Character
Kairos Is Rhetorical Timeliness
The Rhetorical Triangle
All About Audience
Understanding Rhetorical Appeals Through Research and Analysis
Online Reviews
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Classroom Activity
Assignment Sheet: Policy Statements

Chapter 7: Multimodality by Elisabeth Buck
Student Profile: Clara
Defining Multimodality
Why Write in Multiple Modes
Multimodal Strategies for Understanding Your Writing Processes
Becoming a Critically Engaged Multimodal Composer
Multimodality and Social Media
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Classroom Activity
Sample Assignment: Building an Ideal Working Environment

Chapter 8: Remix by Stephanie Hedge
Student Portrait: Jamal and Shanae
Remix
Why Do We Remix?
Context
Purpose
Audience
Practicing Remix
Participatory Culture
Remix and Research Papers
Remix and Audiences in Academe and Beyond
Remix and Protest
Ethical Remix
Research and Analysis: Memes
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Classroom Activity
Assignment Sheet: Podcast Remix

Chapter 9: Kairos by Matthew Schering
Student Profile: Jeff
Writing and Time
What Is Time: Chronos
What Is Time: Kairos
Encountering Kairos
Kairos and the Other Appeals
Ethos
Logos
Pathos
Kairos in Digital Media
Research and Analysis
Reading and Researching Kairotically
Writing Kairotically
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Classroom Activity
Assignment Sheet: Annotated Timeline

Chapter 10: Space and Place by Daymon Kiliman
Student Portrait: Rashawn
Introduction
Multiple Ways We Experience Space and Place
The Spaces and Places Where Compositions Go (and What Happens When They Get There)
Peers, Audiences, Feedback, and Practice
How Difference Impacts Our Experiences of Space and Place
The Spaces and Places That Influence Who We Are and How We Communicate
Understanding Space and Place Through Research and Analysis
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Classroom Activity
Assignment Sheet: Exploring the Significance of Space and Place

Chapter 11: Community Sponsored Literacies by Lauren McPherson
Student Portrait: Jules
Literacy: What It Is and Where It Comes From
People as Literacy Stakeholders
Systems as Literacy Stakeholders
Marks of Literacy: Beyond the Page
Conclusion: Toward Civic Literacy
Suggested Readings
Classroom Activity
Sample Assignment: Literacy Narrative

Chapter 12: Information Literacy in the Era of Fake News by Sara Strasser and Nick Dabbs
Student Portrait: Parker
Information Literacy
Why Does Information Literacy Matter Right Now?
Digital Literacy
What Is Fake News?
Misinformation
Disinformation
Fake News: How It Circulates
Fake News and You
Detecting Fake News
The C.R.A.A.P. Test
Website Red Flags
Lateral Reading
Logical Fallacies
Fact Checking Websites
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Classroom Activity
Assignment Sheet: Combating Fake News

Chapter 13: Engaged Citizenship: Joining the Conversation by Jessica Kubiak
Student Portrait: Tristen
What Is Citizenship?
Citizenship and Literacy
Understanding Citizenship
Civic Engagement and Change-Making
Mechanisms for Engagement
Writing and/as Action
Genre Awareness and Action
Reflection and Action
Observation and Action
Action Research: Joining the Conversation
Step One: Problem Finding
Step Two: Make a Plan
Step Three: Take Action
Step Four: Reflect
Step Five: Revise
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Classroom Activity
Assignment Sheet: Step One of the Action Research Process

Conclusion by Courtney Cox
Instructors Guide by Daymon Kiliman
Master Lists
Classroom Activities Master List
Assignment Sheet Master List
Suggested Readings Master List
Alternative Table of Contents
Process and Revision
Genre
Audience
Civic Engagement
Research/Information Literacy
Rhetorical Literacy
Technology and Multimodal Writing
Identity, Ability, and Sociocultural History
UIS Composition Program Guide
Sample Course Calendar for ENG 101
Sample Course Calendar for ENG 102

Contributor Bios

Stephanie Hedge

Dr. Stephanie Hedge (she/her/hers) is an assistant professor of English and the director of the Writing Program at the University of Illinois Springfield, where she teaches classes on digital literacies, the intersections between English studies and emergent technologies, and the ways that words do work in the world. She researches digitally mediated pedagogies and games, and she is the coeditor of Roleplaying Games in the Digital Age: Essays on Transmedia Storytelling,Tabletop RPGs and Fandom from McFarland (2021).

Courtney Cox

Courtney Cox (she/her/hers) is a doctoral candidate at Illinois State University, where she teaches classes in rhetoric, composition, and technical communication. She earned her MA in Digital Publishing at the University of Illinois Springfield in 2017. Courtney is also Assistant Editor of Rhetoric Review
and Associate Managing Editor of Xchanges.
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