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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



Begin with a Question: What Is the Quest?

            Mental, Moral, and Physical Powers

            Developing Critical and Civic Literacy

            The Quest

Getting Started

            A Map and a Compass

A Final Word




1. Multimedia Reading Strategies: Exploring an Event

    Begin with a Question: What Happened?

            Is Seeing Believing?

            The Big Picture

            Making Change

     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

              Active Learning

              The Process of Discovery




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

          Field Research

             Library Research

             Internet Research


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



6. Arguing to Educate: Advancing a Position on an Issue

    Begin with a Question: What do You Believe to Be True?

         Coming Home

            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

          Mad Libs  

        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




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




Event Casebook One: The Youth Violence Pandemic

Focus on the Columbine High School Massacre

          Initial Reports

     School War Zone

     The Author - Mike Anton

     Up to 25 Die in Colorado School Shooting

    The Author - Tom Kenworthy

          Multimedia Sources

     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:

     Columbine: Whose Fault Is It?

     The Author - Marilyn Manson

     Teen Violence: Does Violent Media Make Violent Kids?

     The URL:

     Littleton, CO

     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

          Initial Reports

     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.

              Multimedia Sources    

     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:

      Cloning as Economic Development

     The Author - Neil Munro

     Human Genome Research: An Introduction

     The Source:

     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

          Initial Reports

     Anti-Terror Bill Becomes law

     The Source: ABC News

     George W. Bush Signs the Antiterrorism Bill

     The Speaker: President George W. Bush

          Multimedia Sources

     . . .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:

     Taking Liberties

     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

     PATRIOT Spawn

     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

          Initial Reports

      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

          Multimedia Sources

     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:

     A Forty-Year Search for Equality

     The Author - Ellen Goodman

     Gender Equality & the Millennium Development Goals

     The Source:

     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

          Initial Reports

     Apologetic Jackson says "Costume Reveal" Went Awry

    The Source:

    America Beats Breasts, Rends Garments over TV Boob

    The Source: The Australian

         Multimedia Sources

    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:

    Indecency, Television, and the First Amendment

    The Author - Robert Corn-Revere

    Obscenity, Indecency, and Profanity

    The Source:

    Broadcast Industry

    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

          Initial Reports

     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

          Multimedia Sources

     Editorial Cartoon

     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:

     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






Product Details

Stallings, Kim
Longman Publishing Group
English language
College readers
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Composition & Creative Writing
Social change
Report writing
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
December 2005
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
9 x 6 x 1.5 in 862 gr

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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.



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