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Elements of Argumentcombines a thorough argument text on critical thinking, reading, writing, and research with an extensive reader on both current and timeless controversial issues. It presents everything students need to analyze, research, and write arguments. Elements of Argumentcovers Toulmin, Aristotelian, and Rogerian models of argument and has been thoroughly updated with current selections students will want to read. It now includes additional support for academic writing, making it a truly flexible classroom resource. An electronic edition is available at half the price of the print book.
Annette T. Rottenberg, formerly assistant director of the writing program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has taught composition and literature at Chicago City College, SUNY at Buffalo, Duke University, and schools abroad.
Donna Haisty Winchell has directed the Freshman Composition program and co-directed Digital Portfolio Institutes at Clemson University, where she is Professor of English. She has edited several freshman writing anthologies and is a frequent presenter at professional conferences.
Table of Contents
Part One: Understanding Argument
1. Approaches To Argument
*Sample Essay With Analysis: Aristotelian
*Juan Williams, Don’t Mourn Brown v. Board Of Education
Joe Sharkey, Airport Screeners Could See X-Rated X-Rays
Chris Kapper, Freedom to Live Trumps All!
*Sample Essay with Analysis: Rogerian
*Michael Kinsley, Racial Profiling At The Airport: Discrimination We’re Afraid to Be
The Toulmin Model
The Terms of Toulmin Argument
Writer’s Guide: Learning the Key Terms
Sample Essay with Analysis: Toulmin
Robert J. Samuelson, The Hard Truth of Immigration
Assignments for Understanding the Structure of Argument
Research Readiness: Using Databases
2. Critical Reading
Research Skill: Examining Author, Subject, and Context
Charles Krauthammer, Let’s Have No More Monkey Trials
Strategies for Comprehending Arguments
Sample Annotated Essay
Edward Jay Epstein, Sex And The Cinema
Writer’s Guide: Annotating a Text
Research Skill: Summarizing
Sample Annotated Essay
Alfie Kohn, No-Win Situations
*Stephanie Fairyington, The Gay Option
Reading a Visual Argument
Assignments for Critical Reading
Research Readiness: Skimming and Summarizing
3. Analytical Writing
Writing the Claim
*Roger Kaplan, Enabling Ignorance
Planning the Structure
Using Sentence Forms to Construct an Argument
Writer’s Guide: Incorporating Quotations into Your Text
Documenting Your Sources
Writer’s Guide: Documenting Use of Summary, Paraphrase, and Quotation
Examining Some Models
Sample Essay and Analytical Response: Claim of Fact
*Eric Jaffe, Reality Check
Student Analytical Response: Claim of Fact
*Deion Moore, Psychoanalyzing Reality TV
Sample Essay and Analytical Response: Claim of Value
*Noam Shpancer, The Meaning Of Reality (TV)
Student Analytical Response: Claim of Value
*Ashley Wilson, The Meaning Of Shpancer (Really)
Sample Essay with Analysis: Rogerian Argument
Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, Parents Need Help: Restricting Access To Video Games
Readings for Analysis
Alan M. Dershowitz, Is There a Torturous Road to Justice?
Seth Finkelstein, Alan Dershowitz’s Tortuous Torturous Argument
*Barbara A. Spellman, Could Reality Shows Become Reality Experiments?
*Debate: Should We all Pledge to End Derogatory Use of the Word “Retard”?
*Patricia E. Bauer, A Movie, a Word and My Family’s Battle
*Christopher M. Fairman, The Case Against Banning The Word “Retard”