Debuting in its first edition, this book is offers readers an advanced approach to public speaking.
It covers the basics through the lens of rhetorical theory– and progresses into a sophisticated outline of understanding, constructing and delivering artful rhetoric. It details some of the most influential and progressive acts of public speaking in history, including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks. It encourages readers to be engaged citizens of society.
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- A clear presentation of Aristotle’s Five Canons of the Rhetoric allows students to revisit the basic public speaking skills they learned in their introductory classes, while setting the groundwork for the upcoming term. Early attention to these fundamental concepts provides students a strong theoretical background to build upon.
- A comprehensive discussion of the various genres and contexts for which these imperative rhetorical skills are necessary gives students the opportunity to see where they can use rhetorical speech in their day-to-day lives.
- The text’s distinct organization breaks the book down into three parts, having a before, during, and after affect on students. They first practice and understand the basics; they then analyze and learn the situations and theory; and finally they construct and execute their speeches.
- A section on Online Communication offers students a theoretical look at and breakdown of communication via technology. With daily communication becoming increasingly more centered around technology, this section teaches students the proper ways to use technology to their advantage and how to bringing their skills of rhetoric to an online forum.
- This book depicts some of the most radical and influential rhetorical speakers in history as examples of the rhetorical theory it teaches to demonstrate the many challenges people face when advocating for what they believe in. Students will be inspired by the book’s dramatic presentation of what rhetorical speech can accomplish.
- Creative and relatable exercises and class discussion questions allow instructors to break from the historical theory and bring the discussion back to the students. Applying the theories through discussions and exercises gives students the opportunity to think about what they’ve learned from a different perspective and see ways in which they can apply rhetorical theory to their own lives.
- Sample speech outlines provide students with elaborate examples of ways to organize their speeches.
- This book takes a unique approach to the discussion of Style, breaking it down into forms, symbols, and poetic categories. This section gives students a wide range of knowledge when it comes to style, teaching them different methods of applying stylistic techniques.
- Ancillaries written by the text author include an Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank, providing instructors with the tools they need to effectively and efficiently transition to this text.
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