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For courses in Argument.
A refreshing approach to composition, Argument Today prepares students to communicate persuasively and collaboratively in academic, career, and other real life settings.
This text equips students to create effective academic papers as well as persuasive compositions in many genres and media relevant in and beyond higher education. Such breadth of applicability is further effected by presenting argument also as a generative form of communication–an ongoing conversation employed by teams or groups of people to share information, formulate new ideas, modify plans, negotiate agreements, and build consensus. Systematically explored throughout, this expanded perspective opens students to the immediate relevance of argument to their multi-faceted lives.
Table of Contents
Part I: Fundamentals of Argument 1. Starting an Argument 2. Generative Arguments 3. Persuasive Arguments 4. Critical Reading and Rhetorical Analysis
Part II: Genres of Argument 5. Descriptions – Arguing About People, Places, Things, and Events 6. Comparisons – Arguing by Comparing and Contrasting 7. Causal Analyses – Arguing Through Causes and Effects 8. Visual Essays – Arguing by Showing and Telling 9. Narrative Arguments – Arguing with Stories 10. Reviews – Arguing About Performance 11. Evaluations – Arguing About Value 12. Commentaries – Arguing About Current Issues and Events 13. Refutations – Arguing the Opposing Side 14. Proposals – Arguing About the Future 15. Research Papers and Reports – Arguing with Research
Part III: The Research Project 16. Developing Your Research Process 17. Crediting, Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing 18. Using MLA Style 19. Using APA Style
Part IV: Style, Design, and Medium 20. Arguing with Style 21. Designing Arguments 22. Presenting Your Argument 23. Arguing in Virtual Spaces
Part V: Anthology of Arguments 24. College Life 25. Human Nature and the Mind 26. Pop Culture and Entertainment 27. Place and Environment 28. Healthy Living