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  • The Well-Crafted Argument A Guide and Reader
    The Well-Crafted Argument A Guide and Reader
  • The Well-Crafted Argument
    The Well-Crafted Argument
  • The Well-Crafted Argument
    The Well-Crafted Argument
  • The Well-Crafted Argument
    The Well-Crafted Argument
  • The Well-Crafted Argument A Guide and Reader
    The Well-Crafted Argument A Guide and Reader


The Well-Crafted Argument guides students through the process of writing effective argumentative essays across the disciplines. The two-part structure of this rhetoric/reader includes a complete pedagogical apparatus--with coverage of reading, writing, and researching a topic--and an anthology of readings grouped into eight thematic clusters. In-depth instruction, combined with real student writings, engages students and helps them discover their own voices. The Third Edition features a greater emphasis on visual argument, while maintaining the authors' practical, skill-building approach. Each chapter ends with a summary, checklist, and writing projects that allow students to apply what they learn. In addition to guidance on drafting and revising arguments, the authors provide a variety of composition strategies, from free-writing to outlining. Active reading tools, such as note-taking, summary writing, and shared reading, are also encouraged. Students receive the most up-to-date information on MLA documentation with the enclosed tri-fold card providing NEW 2009 MLA Handbook formats.

Table of Contents

The Rhetoric of Argument
The Nature and Process of Argument
Why Argue?
What Is an Argument?
Using Evidence in Argument
Communicating with a Purpose
The Process of Composing an Argument
Using Appeals in Argument
Organizing the Argument
Drafting the Argument
High Score Education
Revising the Argument: A Form of Reevaluation
Reading to Revise
Visual Aids as Tools for Argumentative Writing
Tribal Relations
The Cartoon
Methods of Critical Reading
Reading as a Construction of Meaning
Active versus Passive Reading
Reading as a Writer of Arguments
Writing a Summary
Reading with a Pencil
Say No to Trash
Reading Visuals in Arguments
Becoming a Highly Motivated Reader
Reading Responsibly
High Noon (editorial)
Active Reading as Shared Reading
Using the Modes of Argument as a Schema for Analysis
The Importance of Open-Mindedness when Reading
Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina
Using the Classical Model in Your Arguments
Argument in the Ancient World
The Classical Model of Argument
Student Essay
Ecology vs. Land Development in Trinidad and Tobago
Reinforcing Aristotelian Appeals with Visuals
Anti-Defamation League, School Vouchers: The Wrong Choice for Public Education
Why School Vouchers Can Help Inner-City Children
Using the Toulmin Model in Your Arguments
The Toulmin Model of Argument
Professions for Women
Student Essay
Tobacco: Ignorance Is No Longer an Excuse
Organizing Your Argument Using the Toulmin Model
Declaration of Independence
Using the Rogerian Model in Your Arguments
The Rogerian Model of Argument
Let's Talk About Sexual Harassment in Middle School
Letter from Birmingham Jail
Student Essay
Who Owns Our Children?
Reasoning: Methods and Fallacies
Argumentative Reasoning
The Nature of Fallacies
Strategies of Reasoning
Errors in reasoning
A Taxonomy
Love Is a Fallacy
Researching Your Argument
The Three Faces of Resaerch
Searching Before You Research: Taking a Mental Inventory
Focusing Your Research for Argumentative Essays
Formulating a Strong Thesis
Researching Using the Internet
Searching on the Web
Useful Websites for Writers of Arguments
Researching Using Print Resources
Gathering Information from Email, Telephone Conversations, Interviews, and Surveys
Taking Effective Research Notes
The Role of Serendipity in Research
Evaluating Your Sources
Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism
Incorporating Outside Sources into Your Argument
Documenting Your Sources: MLA and APA Styles
Citation of Source Material: A Rationale
Which Documentation Style to Use?
A Guide to MLA Documentation Style
Presenting Quoted Material
Index for Citing Sources: MLA Style
Using Author/Page In-Text Citations
Preparing the MLA List of Works Cited
Sample Student Paper: MLA Documentation Format
Why We Should Punish
A Guide to APA Documentation Style
Presenting Quoted Material
Index for Citing Sources: APA Style
Using Author/Year In-Text Citations
Preparing the APA List of References
Sample Student Paper: APA Documentation Format
Child Molestation: Anything but Your Typical Crime
Reading Custers
Athletics and Academics: How Do They Benefit Each Other?
Are Student Athletes Really Students?
Game Score, Test Scores (editorial cartoon)
Brawn & Brains: Student Athletes Get a Bum Rap
Is Athletics Meeting Its Purpose
For True Reform, Athletic Scholarships Must Go
Student Essay
Academic Performance of Student Athletes
Issues for Further Research: The Intrinsic Value of College Athletics
Student Visual Essay
The Faces of Sports
Student Essay
Play for Pride, Not for Pay
Intellectual Property: How Should IP Rights be Protected?
How Might the Downloading of Music Files Best Be Regulated?
Troubletown (editorial cartoon)
Speaks on Intellectual Property Rights: "We Have to Treat Theft as Theft"
Protecting Music
The Internet Debacle: An Alternate View
Thread My Music's Yours
Penalties Frighten Music Traders: Survey Reports Copyright Laws Are Not Daunting
Student Essay
Why I've Stopped Sharing Music
Student Essay
A Language All Their Own
Issues for Further Research: Copyright Term Limits
Mouse Trap: Disney's Copyright Conquest
Needed: Sane IP Laws
Issues for Further Research: Copyright Complexities
Negativland, Changing Copyright
Issues for Further Research: Plagiarism
The Rules of Attribution
Rule No. 1: Don't Copy
Media Regulation: What Are the Issues?
How Should the First Amendment's Freedom of Speech Guarantee Be Applied?
Internet and Censorship (editorial cartoon)
Speech Overview
Campus Speech Issues
The Web Police
Student Essay
Speech Codes: An Insult to Education and a Threat to Our Future
Issues for Futher Research: Book Banning
A Letter to the Chairman of the Drake School Board
Student Essay
The Myth of Book Censoring Within the American Educational System
Student Essay
Censorship of Books for Public High Schools: When Necessary
When Not Issues for Further Research: Effects of Media Violence
Statement Linking Media Violence to Violence in Kids Draws Criticism
TV Isn't Violent Enough
Issues for Further Research: Textbook Sanitizing
CNN Student News, Language Police Bar "Old," "Blind"
Multicultural Learning: What Are the Priorities?
Who, If Anyone, Benefits from Multicultural Education?
Politically Correct (editorial cartoon)
Perspectives: Improving Race Relations One Journalism Class at a Time
Language and Literature from a Pueblo Indian Perspective
Issues for Further Research: The Canon Debate
Equality and the Classics
A Historian in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass
Student Essay
The Importance of Multicultural Education in Global Society
Issues for Further Research: Bilingual Education
English: The National Language (editorial cartoon)
Linguistic Police (editorial cartoon)
Bilingual or Immersion
Two Languages Are Better Than One
Speaking a Public Language
Student Essay
Education in English: The Proven Benefits of a Bilingual Academic Program
Student Essay: Yung Le English First
Ann Russell, Literacy Development for Students with No Voice: Scheme and Schema
Eliminating Standardized Tests in College Admissions: The New Affirmative Action
Should the SAT Account for Race
National Security: How Can the United Stated Best Protect Itself?
What Effects Could the Patriot Act Have on Individual Liberties?
So, It's Agreed (editorial cartoon)
Patriot Act a Vital Tool Against Terrorism
Faking Out the Constitution
USA Patriot Act: What's Next
Condorville (comic strip)
The USA Patriot Act and Patron Privacy on Library Internet Terminals
Big Brother Is Listening
Student Essay
New British Measure Will Harm Civil Liberties
Issues for Further Research: Budgeting for Security
The Cost of Securing the Homeland
Issues for Further Research: Border Security
6000 Guardsmen Are Not Enough
Mexicans See InsultDanger in Border Plan
Science and Religion: If Common Ground Exists, Where Does It Lie?
What Is the Basis of the Conflict Between Science and Religion?
A Designer Universe
The New Convergence
Miracles and Explanations
Cynthia Bass, Great Minds Needn't Think Alike to Be Right: Advocates of Science and Religion Can Co-Exist
Student Essay: Kareem Raad, Can One Compare Science and Religion?
Issues for Further Research: Teaching Human Origins in the Public Schools
It's Really Oz
Teaching Evolution at a Christian College
Issues for Further Research: Religion in Public Schools
The Real Message of Creationism
Student Essay
The Battle over Creationism
Biomedical Research: What Role Should Ethics Play?
Can Biomedical Issues Be Separated from Politics?
Political Science/Politicized Science (cartoon)
Who Should Read Your Mind
Bioengineering and Self-Improvement
Ethics, Politics, and Genetic Knowledge
Designer Babies: One Step Closer
Issues for Further Research: The Stem Cell Debate
The Stem Cell Debate
Bonnie Steinbock, The Morality of Killing Human Embryos
A Middle Ground for Stem Cells
Editors of The New Atlantis, Stem Cell Spin
Issues for Further Research: Transgenic Animals
Genetically Engineered Animals and the New "Pharm" Animal Factories
Patenting Life
A Question of Chimeras
Student Essay: Nikolay Balbyshev, Priorities of Gene Therapy
Masterpieces of Argument: What Do They Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion?
Nick UtTragedy of Vietnam (photograph)
Plato, Allegory of the Cave
To His Coy Mistress
A Modest Proposal
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
Keynote Adderss at the First Woman's Rights Convention
I Hear the Mournful Wail of Millions
The Obligation to Endure
The Perils of Obedience
The Character of Hamlet's Mother
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