Reading Rhetorically, 4th Edition

Reading Rhetorically, 4th Edition



Offering concise yet thorough treatment of academic reading and writing in college, Reading Rhetorically, 4th.ed., shows students how to analyze texts by recognizing rhetorical strategies and genre conventions, and how to incorporate other writers’ texts into their own research-based papers.

Four important features of this text:

1. Its emphasis on academic writing as a process in which writers engage with other texts

2. Its emphasis on reading as an interactive process of composing meaning

3. Its treatment rhetorical analysis as both an academic genre that sharpens students' reading acuity and as a tool for academic research

4. Its analytical framework for understanding and critiquing how visual texts interact with verbal texts

This brief rhetoric teaches students how to see texts positioned in a conversation with other texts, how to recognize a text's rhetorical aims and persuasive strategies, and how to analyze texts for both content and method.



Publication Date





Boston, MA


English Language and Literature


Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Reading to Write: Strategies for College Writing

What Do We Mean by “Reading Rhetorically”?

The Demands and Pleasures of Academic Reading

Reading and Writing as Conversation

Reading and Writing as Acts of Composing

Reading Rhetorically as a Strategy for Academic Writing

Chapter Summary

Chapter 2

Analyzing Your Reading and Writing Context

Rhetorical Context: Purpose, Audience, and Genre

Analyzing Your Own Rhetorical Context as Reader/Writer

How Expert Readers Use Rhetorical Knowledge to Read Efficiently

Typical Reading-Based Writing Assignments Across the Curriculum

Chapter Summary

Chapter 3

Listening to a Text

Writing as You Read

Preparing to Read

Listening As You Read Initially

Connecting the Visual to the Verbal

Listening as You Reread

Writing About How Texts Work: Guidelines and Two Examples

Chapter Summary

Chapter 4

Questioning a Text

What It Means to Question a Text

Examining a Writer’s Credibility and Appeals to Ethos

Examining a Writer’s Appeals to Reason or Logos

Examining a Writer’s Strategies for Engaging Readers, or Pathos

Examining a Writer’s Language

Examining a Text’s Ideology

Examining a Text’s Use of Visual Elements

Exploring Your Responses to a Text

Writing a Rhetorical Analysis Paper: Guidelines and an Example

Chapter Summary

Chapter 5

Using Rhetorical Reading for Researched Writing

Rhetorical Reading and Information Literacy

Formulating and Analyzing Questions

Tips for Finding Reliable Sources

Tips for Evaluating Sources

Chapter Summary

Chapter 6

Making Knowledge: Incorporating Reading into Writing

Asserting Your Authority as a Reader and Writer

Managing Your Writing Process

Integrating Material from Readings into Your Writing

Using Attributive Tags to Frame Sources Rhetorically

Using Parenthetical Citations

Chapter Summary

Incorporating Reading into Writing: An Example in MLA Format


Building an MLA Citation

Formatting MLA In-Text Citations

Setting Up an MLA Works Cited List

Model MLA Citation Formats

Reading Rhetorically, 4th Edition