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Inventing Arguments

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Organized around common rhetorical situations that occur all around us, INVENTING ARGUMENTS, Fourth Edition, shows you that argument is a living process rather than a form to be modeled. Through the text's prominent focus on invention, you will learn to recognize the rhetorical elements of any argumentative situation and apply the tools of argument effectively in your own writing. The basic layers of argument are introduced in early chapters, with material arranged into increasingly sophisticated topics beginning with the most obvious or explicit layers (claims) and moving to more implied or "hidden" layers (values, beliefs, ideology). By the time you finish Chapter 4, you will have a thorough understanding of argument--which you can then apply not just to the invention projects in chapters 6-11 but also to your writing for other college courses and beyond.

About the Author

John Mauk has a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing from Bowling Green State University and a Masters in Language and Literature from the University of Toledo. Scholarship includes an article on critical geography and composition (College English, March 2003). Mauk now teaches composition and rhetoric courses at Northwestern Michigan College. In 2007, he served on the NCTE Nominating Committee.John Metz has a B.A. in English from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (1983) and an M.A. in English from the University of Toledo (1985). He has taught first year writing for over twenty years and currently teaches at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments. Brief Contents. Contents Arranged by Theme. Note to Students. Part 1: INVENTION. 1. Arguing the Past (What happened?) Readings. "A Nation Made of Poetry," Joannie Fischer. "Shakespeare and Narcotics," David Pinching. "Dr. King's Dream: Freedom, Not Space Travel," Ira Chernus. "Somewhere in the Past: Clarksville's Schools and Community Life," Cameron Johnson. "Selective Memory and a Dishonest Doctrine," Noam Chomsky. From THEY WENT WHISTLING, Barbara Holland. Song, Schoolhouse Rock's "Elbow Room," Lynn Ahrens. Photos, Apache Children. Song, "Paradise," John Prine. Cartoon, Lost in Translation, Walt Handelsman. Invention. Starting Places. Analyzing the Situation. Exploring for Principles and Precedent. Collecting Opinions. Conducting Secondary Research. Developing a Thesis. Caution about Clichés. Developing Support. Counterarguments, Concessions, and Qualifiers. Arrangement. Audience and Voice. Peer Review. Revision. Everyday Argument. 2. Arguing Origins (How did this begin?) Readings. "Can Evolution Produce an Eye? Not a Chance!" David Menton. "The Origins of Anorexia Nervosa," Joan Jacobs Brumberg. "The Law of Human Nature," C.S. Lewis. "The Origin of Grunge," Jay Harrington. "Rhubarb, Good for What Ails You?" Barcley Owens. "What a Factory Can Teach a Housewife," Ida M. Tarbell. Ad, Drug control. Invention. Starting Places. Analyzing the Situation. Conducting Primary Research. Conducting Secondary Research. Collecting Opinions. Developing a Thesis. Developing Support. Counterarguments, Concessions, and Qualifiers. Arrangement. Audience and Voice. Revision. Evaluation Essay. Everyday Argument. 3. Arguing Definitions (What is it?) Readings. "Natural Passions," Laura Tangley. "Separating the Killers from the Boys," Joan Jacobs Brumberg. Major's speech from ANIMAL FARM, George Orwell. From MEIN KAMPF, Adolf Hitler. "Standardized Testing vs. Education," Justin James. "Definition: Flying," Robert Murdock. Bumper sticker, "If it's not a babyà". Cartoon, Abortion definition, Steve Greenberg. Invention. Starting Places. Analyzing the Situation. Conducting Surveys. Researching Sources. Developing a Thesis. Developing Support. Counterarguments, Concessions, and Qualifiers. Arrangement. Audience and Voice. Revision. Seeing the "Final" Essay as Rough Draft. Everyday Argument. School. Work. Home. 4. Arguing Meaning (What does it mean?) Readings. "Dystopia Revisited," Wendy Kaminer. "Consumed by the Other: What Spam Means," Judy Y. Chu. "On Housman," Jay Harrington. "I Am Not Your Role Model," Duffy Bly. "Wears Jump Suit. Sensible Shoes. Uses Husband's Last Name," Deborah Tannen. "Tending to the Cultural Dream," Maggie Macary. Cartoon, "What's it all about?" Patrick Hardin. Image, Gabrielle, Katie Wilks. Invention. Starting Places. Analyzing the Situation. Conducting Surveys. Conducting Secondary Research. Context. Subtext. Intertextuality. Literary Perspectives. Developing a Thesis. Developing Support. Counterarguments, Concessions, and Qualifiers. Arrangement. Audience and Voice. Revision. Everyday Argument. 5. Arguing Value (What good is this?) Readings. "Culture in Need of an Extreme Makeover," Ellen Goodman. "Ad Nation," Wayne Grytting. "I DoàFor Now," Naomi Schaefer. "Don't Call!" Cameron Johnson. "Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer," Wendell Berry. "Letter to Kohl's," K.T. Glency. Song, "Politics of the Sneaker Pimps" Public Enemy. Image, Subversion of Gap ad, Adbusters. Cartoon, Patriot Act, Clay Bennett. Image from "The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint," Edward R. Tufte. Invention. Starting Places. Analyzing the Situation. Conducting Surveys. Conducting Secondary Research. Developing a Thesis. Developing Support. Counterarguments, Concessions, and Qualifiers. Arrangement. Audience and Voice. Revision. Everyday Argument. Political Cartoons. Advertisements. Recasting Your Argument. 6. Arguing Crisis (What are we going to do?) Readings. "A Shock to the System," Anna Quindlen. "Big House in the Wilderness: Moratoriums on Building and Individual Irresponsibility," Tracy Webster. "Colleges Caught in a Vise," Stanley Fish. "Lunar Eclipse: November 8, 2003," Ed Bell. "Out of the Asylum, into the Cell," Sally Satel. "Citizens and Consumers," Amber Edmondson. Song, "I Ain't Got No Home," Woody Guthrie. Cartoon, Pawn shop, Clay Bennett . Invention. Starting Places. Analyzing the Situation. Conducting Secondary Research. Developing a Thesis. Developing Support. Counterarguments, Concessions, and Qualifiers. Arrangement. Audience and Voice. Revision. Everyday Argument. 7. Arguing the Future (What is going to happen?) Readings. "Rice Bowl, Dust Bowl: Agribusiness and the Future," Lise Maring. "High-Tech Heroin," Richard Forno. "Investing in Futures: The Cost of College," Charles Nelson. "The Birth, Life, and Coming Death of a Wyoming Dam," Lynne Bama. "It's the Earth, Stupid," Patti Davis. "Video Games, the Next Storytelling Frontier?" Michael Hanson. Song, "The Trouble with Normal," Bruce Cockburn. Ad, "If You Let Me Play," Nike. Cartoon, Calvin and Hobbes final strip, Bill Watterson. Invention. Starting Places. Analyzing the Situation. Conducting Secondary Research. Developing a Thesis. Developing Support. Counterarguments, Concessions, and Qualifiers. Arrangement. Audience and Voice. Revision. Intense Writing and Ideas. Revising in the Future. Everyday Argument. 8. Arguing Arguments (Who's right?) Readings. "The Mystery of the Missing Links," Mary Wakefield. "Gender Bender," Wendy Kaminer. "Learning, Styles, Freedom, and Oppression," Simon Benlow. "Obesity Lawsuits," Nancy Hall. Responses to Wendell Berry's "Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer." "Nave Teacher Believes in Her Students," The Onion. Ad, The Body Shop. Cartoon, No child left behind, Clay Bennett. Invention. Starting Places. Analyzing the Situation. Inventive Secondary Research. Developing a Thesis. Developing Support. Counterarguments, Concessions, and Qualifiers. Arrangement. Audience and Voice. Revision. Inventing Revision Questions. Everyday Argument. 9. Finding Hidden Arguments (What's beneath the surface?) Readings. Hidden Arguments. "Wildcatting for Water," Karen Breslau. "Rez Dog Swimsuit Models Address Native Voice Criticism," Jim Kent. Ad, GMC Yukon Denali. About Hidden Arguments. "'Framing' Political Arguments," NPR interview with George Lakoff. "A Pipe Dream: Real Reporting from Newsweek," Ben Stapleton. "Fantastic Ideals," Jennifer Worley. From PROPAGANDA, Propaganda Critic. "Bank Mergers Skip Along, Right Past the Customers," Ralph Nader. Cartoon, Formula scripts, Bulbul. Invention. Starting Places. Analyzing the Situation. Text. Context. Subtext. Target Audience. Developing a Thesis. Developing Support. Counterarguments, Concessions, and Qualifiers. Arrangement. Audience and Voice. Revision. Everyday Argument. Part 2: THE ARGUMENT HANDBOOK. Part 3: THE RESEARCH GUIDE. Overview of Research. The Research Path. Primary Research. Secondary Research. Evaluating Sources. Integrating Sources. Documenting Sources. Sample Research Essays. Part 4: ANTHOLOGY OF READINGS. Credits. Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781413009972
Publisher:
Wadsworth Publishing
Subject:
Higher
Author:
Mauk, John
Author:
Metz, John
Subject:
Reasoning
Subject:
Critical thinking
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
General Language Arts & Disciplines
Copyright:
Publication Date:
June 2005
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
896
Dimensions:
9.30x8.06x.91 in. 2.60 lbs.

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