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Connors provides a history of composition and its pedagogical approaches to form, genre, and correctness. He shows where many of the todaya€™s practices and assumptions about writing come from, and he translates what our techniques and theories of teaching have said over time about our attitudes toward students, language and life. Connors locates the beginning of a new rhetorical tradition in the mid-nineteenth century, and from there, he discusses the theoretical and pedagogical innovations of the last two centuries as the result of historical forces, social needs, and cultural shifts. This important book proves that American composition-rhetoric is a genuine, rhetorical tradition with its own evolving theria and praxis. As such it is an essential reference for all teachers of English and students of American education.Adding to the attractiveness of exposition was the fact that in the methods of exposition teachers found a neatly packaged and easily taught ... Over 90 percent of the textbooks appearing between 1900 and 1930 used the means of developing paragraphs originally ... with first a topic sentence detailing a cause and then four or five sentences describing the effect; a paragraph of example consisted of first aanbsp;...

Author:Robert Connors
Publisher:University of Pittsburgh Pre - 1997-06-05


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