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Questby Kim Stallings
Synopses & Reviews
This interesting and exciting new exploration into critical thinking introduces readers to the concepts of critical and civic literacy, informing them about the world around them by allowing an understanding of current events and issues. It will give you the tools and strategies necessary to take action, address hot-button topics, work with others in your community, and instigate change. Designed to help readers examine values, assumptions, and ideologies, this book uses multimedia sources to examine events, opinions, multiple perspectives, and successful arguments through such topics as the Columbine High School shootings, the human biogenics debate, Homeland Security and the Patriot Act, global women’s rights, television’s five-second delay controversy, and the Gulf War prisoner abuse scandal. An interesting and thoughtful read for anyone interested in interpreting current events with respect to their own experiences, this book is a must-have for those readers that need to develop their critical thinking, reading, and writing skills.
Inquire and argue. . .to make a difference!
Quest is a rhetoric, reader, and research guide that teaches students how to inquire deeply into topics that interest them, formulate intelligent positions on the related issues, present powerful arguments to the world around them, and apply the principles to written, visual, and multimedia texts.
Table of Contents
(NOTE: All chapters contain an Overview, Tools for Success: Multimedia Reading Strategies, a Writing Assignment, Student Model Proposals, and Multimedia Assignments.)
Memo to Instructors
PRE-QUEST: A MAP AND A COMPASS
Begin with a Question: What Is the Quest?
Mental, Moral, and Physical Powers
Developing Critical and Civic Literacy
A Map and a Compass
A Final Word
I. READING CRITICALLY AND RESPONDING THOUGHTFULLY: ESTABLISHING A CONTEXT
1. Multimedia Reading Strategies: Exploring an Event
Begin with a Question: What Happened?
Is Seeing Believing?
The Big Picture
Reading the World
Window on the World
Learning to Read Again
The Process for Reading the World
2. Reading and Writing to Form an Opinion: Examining the Blame Game
Begin with a Question: Why Did this Happen?
The Blame Game
Looking for Answers
Beyond the Scapegoat
Engaging with the Issues
The Process of Discovery
II. FINDING AND ANALYZING SOURCES: BECOMING AN EXPERT.
3. Strategies for Gathering Credible Resources: Understanding Historical Context
Begin with a Question: What Is the Big Picture?
A Little Perspective Goes a Long Way
Sowing Seeds of Change
Establishing Historical Context
Investigating an Event or an Issue: Seek and Ye Shall Find
4. Identifying Claims and Reasons: Recognizing Multiple Perspectives
Begin with a Question: What Are You Trying to Prove?
Different Perspectives on Perspectives
Going with the Flow
Apples, Oranges, Po-tay--toe, Po-tah-toe
He Said, She Said, They Said, What?
Oppositions / Oppositions
The Mirror Cracked
5. Logical Reasoning, Fallacies, and Credible Evidence: Analyzing and Evaluating Arguments
Begin with a Question: Who Should We Believe?
What Kind of Proof Do You Have?
Doing Your Homework
Reasons and Supporting Evidence
Opinion vs. Argument
Argument Is All About the Evidence
Types of Evidence
III. JOINING THE OFFICIAL CONVERSATION: CREATING AND ADVANCING SUCCESSFUL ARGUMENTS
6. Arguing to Educate: Advancing a Position on an Issue
Begin with a Question: What do You Believe to Be True?
Joining the Conversation
Playing by the Rules
So What's on Your Mind?
The Building Blocks of Argumentation
Purpose: What Are You Trying to Prove?
Audience: Don't Talk to Strangers
At the Intersection of Purpose and Audience: Controversy
Identifying Audience Assumptions: Warrants
Choosing an Effective Strategy
7. Arguing to Instigate Change: Advancing a Call for Action
Begin with a Question: How Can We Change Things?
How Change Happens
Thinking Globally; Acting Locally
Proposals for Change
The Author - The Ad Council and U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Leave Me Alone
The Author - Office of National Drug Control Policy, National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign
If You Don't Vote, You Don't Count
The Author - Drum Major Institute Organization
Get Ready Now
The Author - The Office of Homeland Security and the Ad Council
8. Arguing to Create Meaning: Advancing an Interpretation
Begin with a Question: What Is the Relationship Between Art and Life?
Imitation or Representation?
Art as a Representation of Life
Digging Below the Surface of Life and Art
Unlocking the Message and the Meaning
IV. THE JOURNEY SO FAR
9. Reflection in Presentation: Capstone Project
Begin with a Question: What Have I Learned and How Have I Grown?
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Read Yourself Like a Book
What Does This Mean to Me?
My How You've Grown!
The Story of Your Journey So Far: Creating a Portfolio
The Journey Unfolding
On a Personal Level
Measuring Growth and Change
V. EVENT CASEBOOKS
Event Casebook One: The Youth Violence Pandemic
Focus on the Columbine High School Massacre
School War Zone
The Author - Mike Anton
Up to 25 Die in Colorado School Shooting
The Author - Tom Kenworthy
Trench Coat Mafia
The Author - Nick Anderson
Remarks to the Community of Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado
The Author - President Bill Clinton
Facts for Teens: School Violence
The URL: www.safeyouth.org/scripts/teens.asp
Columbine: Whose Fault Is It?
The Author - Marilyn Manson
Teen Violence: Does Violent Media Make Violent Kids?
The URL: http://www.natcath.com
The Speakers: Elizabeth Farnsworth with Gerald Tirrozi, James Garbarino, and Franklin Zimring
Violence Redux: A Brief Legal and Historical Perspective on Youth Violence
The Author - Marshall Croddy, PhD
Ironic Literacy: Grasping the Dark Images of Rock and Roll
The Author - Kevin J. H. Dettmar, PhD
Event Casebook Two: To Clone or Not to Clone
Focus on the Human Genome Project, New Genetics, and Human Ethics
U.S. Researchers Lose Edge in Stem Cell Work
The Author - Scott Allen
How a Team Cloned Human Cells to Fight Disease - and Why That's Revolutionary
The Author - Michael D. Lemonick, et al.
The Building Block of Life
The Author - Nick Anderson
Map of the Human Genome
The Author - Joe Heller
Movie Website Stirs Cloning Controversy
The Source: Reuters Ltd.
The Age of Genetic Technology Arrives
The Author - Leon Kass
The Top Ten Myths About Human Cloning
The Source: http://humancloning.org
Cloning as Economic Development
The Author - Neil Munro
Human Genome Research: An Introduction
The Source: http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/home.shtml
President Bush Calls on Senate to Back Human Cloning Ban
The Speaker: George W. Bush
Stem Cell Research: Why Medicine Should Reject Human Cloning
The Authors: William P. Cheshire Jr., Edmund D. Pellegrino, Linda K. Bevington, C. Ben Mitchell, Nancy L. Jones, Kevin T. FitzGerald, C. Everett Koop, and John F. Kilner
Eve Redux: The Public Confusion over Cloning
The Author - Stephen S. Hall
Intervening with Mother Nature: The Ethics of Human Cloning
The Author - Seymour W. Itzkoff
Event Casebook Three: What Price, Freedom?
Focus on Homeland Security and The Patriot Act
Anti-Terror Bill Becomes law
The Source: ABC News
George W. Bush Signs the Antiterrorism Bill
The Speaker: President George W. Bush
. . .This New, Modern Design Brought to You by the PATRIOT Act
The Artist: Don Wright
This Letter Warns us that Homeland Security May Begin Monitoring Our Mail!
The Author - Mike Keefe
Considering the Patriot Act
The Author - Margaret Warner
The DHS Strategic Plan: Securing Our Homeland
The Source: http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/
The Author - Angie Cannon
Terrorism Investigations and the Constitution
The Author - James X. Dempsey
The Patriot Act Without Tears: Understanding the Mythologized Law
The Author - Andrew C. McCarthy
The Author - Julian Sanchez
The USA Patriot Act and the Politics of Fear
The Author - Mark S. Hamm
Event Casebook Four: The Process and Progress of Equality
Focus on Global Women's Rights
Global Struggle for Women's Rights Spotlighted at New York Meeting
The Author - From Staff and Wire Reports
Religious "Conservatives Celebrate a Rare Win over the Anti-Family Clique at the UN
The Author - Paul Brunner
You Light Up My Life
The Author - Ann Telnaes
Watch Closely. . .
The Author - Ann Telnaes
Testimony before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs
The Speaker: Regan E. Ralph
Progress for Women Is Progress for All
The Source: http://www.unifem.org
A Forty-Year Search for Equality
The Author - Ellen Goodman
Gender Equality & the Millennium Development Goals
The Source: http://www.mdgender.net
President, Mrs. Bush Mark Progress in Global Women's Human Rights
The Speaker: President and Mrs. George W. Bush
United Nations Millennium Declaration
The Author - The United Nations, Main Committee
How Effective Is a Human Rights Framework in Addressing Gender-based Violence?
The Author - Ana Elena Obando
What is Female Genital Mutilation?
The Author - Amnesty International
Event Casebook Five: Five-Second Delay
Focus on Television, Freedom of Expression, and Standards of Decency after Super Bowl 2004
Apologetic Jackson says "Costume Reveal" Went Awry
The Source: CNN.com
America Beats Breasts, Rends Garments over TV Boob
The Source: The Australian
Wardrobe Malfunction. . .
The Author - Jim McCloskey
The FCC Should Put Him Out of Business. . .
The Author - Brian Fairrington
Super Bowl Fallout Continues
The Speakers: James Carville, Paul Begala, Robert Novak, and Tucker Carlson
Flashpoint: Janet Jackson and Government Regulation of TV: Inside the First Amendment
The Source: http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org
Indecency, Television, and the First Amendment
The Author - Robert Corn-Revere
Obscenity, Indecency, and Profanity
The Source: http://www.fcc.gov
The Author - Brent Bozell, III
Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2004
The Author - Mel Karmazin, President and Chief Operating Officer of Viacom
The Silver Lining of the Janet Jackson Incident: A Demonstration of Democracy-Enhancing Technology and the Need to Fight the "Broadcast Flag" Rule
The Author - Lauren Gelman
What Is the Fuss About Janet Jackson's Breast?
The Author - Marjorie Heins
Event Casebook Six: All's Fair in War?
Focus on Gulf War II and the Prisoner Abuse Controversy
Seven Severely Reprimanded in Iraqi Prisoner Abuse Scandal
The Author - Joseph L. Galloway
Arabs Unimpressed by President Bush or Prisoner Abuse
The Author - Naseer Al-Nahr
The Author - John Sherffius
The Author - Jean-Marc Bouju
Iraqi Prisoner Abuse
The Author - Jim Lehrer
Iraq: U.S. Prisoner Abuse Sparks Concerns over War Crimes
The Source: http://www.hrw.org
Signs on the Road to Abu Ghraib
The Author - Sam Smith
Prisoner Abuse and the Rot of American Culture
The Author - Rebecca Hagelin
President Bush Meets with Alhurra Television on Wednesday
The Speaker: George W. Bush
Geneva Convention (III) Relative to the Treatement of Prisoners of War; August 12, 1949
The Source: The Geneva Conventions
Torture at Abu Ghraib Followed CIA's Manual
The Author - Alfred W. McCoy
A Situationist Perspective on the Psychology of Evil: Understanding How Good People Are Transformed into Perpetrators
The Author - Philip G. Zimbardo
What Our Readers Are Saying