The Essential Guide to Rhetoric

Essential Guide to RhetoricThe Essential Guide to Rhetoric
Authors: William M. Keith and Christian O. Lundberg
Course: AP Language
*Required Text

Gaining an understanding of rhetorical theory and its practical applications is a critical component to effective and competent communication. The Essential Guide to Rhetoric provides an accessible and balanced overview of the core historical and contemporary theories. It uses concrete, relevant examples and jargon-free language to bring these concepts to life. The guide helps students move from concept to action with discussions of invention, the traditions of trope, argument and speech, among others. This handy guide is an excellent addition to the public speaking class, extending and deepening crucial concepts, and an indispensable supplement to the rhetorical theory class.

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The Bluest Eye

Bluest EyeThe Bluest Eye
Author: Toni Morrison
Course: AP Language
Genre: Fiction

Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison’s virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.

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Serafina’s Promise

Serafina's PromiseSerafina’s Promise
Author: Ann E. Burg
Grade(s): 5
Lexile: 590

In a poor village outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Serafina works hard to help her family, but dreams of going to school and becoming a doctor–then the earthquake hits and Serafina must summon all her courage to find her father and still get medicine for her sick baby brother as she promised.

Pages: 299

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Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile

Mystery on Museum MileEddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile
Author: Marcia Wells
Grade(s): 5
Lexile: 710

Sixth grader Edmund Xavier Lonnrot, codename “Eddie Red,” has a photographic memory and talent for drawing anything he sees. When the NYPD is stumped by a mastermind art thief, Eddie becomes their secret weapon to solve the case.

Pages: 248

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All Four Stars

All Four StarsAll Four Stars
Author: Tara Dairman
Grade(s): 5
Lexile: 950

Eleven-year-old Gladys Gatsby loves food and cooking, so when she lands an assignment to write a restaurant review for a New York City newspaper, she will do anything to make it happen, even risk the wrath of her fast-food loving parents.

Pages: 273

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Half a Chance

Half a ChanceHalf a Chance
Author: Cynthia Lord
Grade(s): 5
Lexile: 690

Lucy, with her mother and her photographer father, has just moved to a small rural community in New Hampshire, and with her new friend Nate she plans to spend the summer taking photos for a contest, but pictures sometimes reveal more than people are willing to see.

Pages: 228

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The Terrible Two

The Terrible TwoThe Terrible Two
Authors: Jory John and Mac Barnett
Grade(s): 5
Lexile: 620

When master prankster Miles Murphy moves to sleepy Yawnee Valley, he challenges the local, mystery prankster in an epic battle of tricks but soon the two join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever seen.

Pages: 214

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