The Evolving Essay

Sean Morey

The Evolving Essay responds to the need for incorporating digital trends and assignments while offering a more reliable, traditional approach and instruction around writing processes. The text helps students develop rhetorically sound, research-based approaches to writing for particular audiences while also illuminating how composition is evolving in academic, professional, and everyday writing situations. A multimodal text, The Evolving Essay also moves students through traditional essay writing processes to reimagine their work for different genres such as photo essays, podcasts scripts and PSAs. The detailed instruction encourages innovation from students and faculty alike, showcasing comprehensive writing prompts, in-chapter reflections, and auto-graded, application-based assessments that ensure student engagement.

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Table of Contents for The Evolving Essay

  • Preliminaries
  • Chapter 1: Writing Evolves
  • Chapter 2: Developing Rhetorical Awareness
  • Chapter 3: Analyzing Texts
  • Chapter 4: Evaluating Research
  • Chapter 5: Building an Argument
  • Chapter 6: Developing and Revising an Essay
  • Chapter 7: Adapting for Images
  • Chapter 8: Adapting for Sound
  • Chapter 9: Adapting for Video
  • Accessible Alternative Content
  • Video Transcripts

Key features

  • Modern and timely reading examples like Twitter essays and student samples that emphasize diversity and inclusion
  • Videos, advertisements, and images extend pedagogy and emphasize audience analysis and genre considerations
  • Regularly paced, auto-assessed, and application-based questions ensure students understand and engage with core concepts