Writing Arguments : A Rhetoric with Readings, Concise Edition

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2007-01-01
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Teaches readers to write better arguments. How to write arguments; how to do research for arguments; an anthology of argumentative readings.Anyone interested in writing better arguments.

Table of Contents

Overview of Argument
Argument: An Introduction.What Do We Mean by Argument?Argument Requires Justification of Its Claims Argument
Is Both a Process and a Product
Argument Combines Truth Seeking and Persuasion
Argument and the Problem of Truth
A Successful Process of Argumentation: The Well-Functioning Committee
Gordon Adams, Petition to Waive the University Math Requirement (Student Essay)
Reading Arguments.Why Reading Arguments Is Important for Writers
Reading as a Believer Lisa Turner, Playing with Our Food Strategy
Reading as a Doubter Strategy
Exploring How Rhetorical Context and Genre Shape the Argument Strategy
Seeking Out Alternative Views and Analyzing Sources of Disagreement
Council for Biotechnology Information, Biotech Labeling: Why Biotech Labeling Can Confuse Consumers
An Analysis of the Sources of Disagreement between Lisa Turner and the Council for Biotechnology Information (Sample Analysis Essay) Strategy
Using Disagreement Productively to Prompt Further Investigation. Conclusion
Writing Arguments
Who Writes Arguments and Why? Tips for Improving Your Writing Process
Using Exploratory Writing to Discover Ideas and Deepen Thinking
Shaping Your Argument: Classical Argument as a Planning Tool
Using Exploratory Writing to Discover Ideas and Deepen Thinking: Two Sets of Exploratory Tasks
Writing Assignments for Chapters 1-3
Principles of Argument
The Core of an Argument: A Claim with Reasons
An Introduction to the Classical Appeals
Issue Questions as the Origins of Argument
Difference Between a Genuine Argument and a Pseudo-Argument
Frame of an Argument: A Claim Supported by Reasons
Applying This Chapter's Principles to Your Own Writing
Applying This Chapter's Principles to Reading Arguments
The Logical Structure of Arguments
Overview of Logos: What Do We Mean by the "Logical Structure" of an Argument?
Adopting a Language for Describing Arguments: The Toulmin System
Using Toulmin's Schema to Determine a Strategy of Support
The Power of Audience-Based Reasons
Using Evidence Effectively
General Principles for the Persuasive Use of Evidence
Rhetorical Understanding of Evidence
Gathering Evidence
Writing Assignments for Chapters 4-6
David Langley, "'Half-Criminals' or Urban Athletes? A Plea for Fair Treatment of Skateboarders" (Student Essay)
Moving Your Audience: Ethos, Pathos, and Kairos
Ethos and Pathos as Persuasive Appeals: An Overview
How to Create an Effective Ethos: The Appeal to Credibility
How to Create Pathos: The Appeal to Beliefs and Emotions
Kairos The Timeliness and Fitness of Arguments
Accommodating Your Audience: Treating Differing Views
One-Sided, Multisided, and Dialogic Arguments
Determining Your Audience's Resistance to Your Views
Appealing to a Supportive Audience: One-Sided Argument
Appealing to a Neutral or Undecided Audience: Classical Argument
Appealing to a Resistant Audience: Dialogic Argument
Ellen Goodman, Minneapolis Pornography Ordinance
Rebekah Taylor, Letter to Jim (Student Essay).Writing Assignments for Chapters 7 and 8
Conducting Visual Arguments.Understanding Design Elements in Visual Argument
Drug Enforcement Administration, "A Single Hit of Ecstasy..." (advocacy advertisement)The Compositional Features of Photographs and Drawings
The Genres of Visual Argument
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