Treating argument as a problem-solving tool, featuring an innovative marginalia program that contains the contextual information students need to enter thematic conversations, and providing the most extensive coverage of argument in all forms of media, The Informed Argument is the best-selling solution for teaching writing and argument.
Robert K. Miller is professor of English at the University of St. Thomas where he teaches first-year composition, advanced composition, persuasive writing, and rhetorical theory in addition to teaching writing in a multidisciplinary program. Committed to the principle that teachers of writing should write, Miller is the author of numerous books, essays, and articles.
Part I. UNDERSTANDING ARGUMENT. 1. The Purposes of Argument. 2. The Contexts of Argument. 3. The Media for Argument. 4. The Strategies for Argument. Part II. COMPOSING ARGUMENTS. 5. Constructing Arguments. 6. Doing Research. 7. Documenting Your Sources. Part III. NEGOTIATING DIFFERENCES. 8. Ownership. Who Owns Words and Ideas? "Standing Up for the Power of Learning," Jay Matthews. "What's Yours? (Ownership of Intellectual Property," Ralph Caplan. "Copyright Crusaders: Another Front on the Intellectual-Property Wars," David Gibson. "The Responsible Plagiarist: Understanding Students Who Misuse Sources," Angela Lipson and Shelia M. Reindl. Who Owns Music? "Free Downloads Play Sweet Music," Janis Ian. "Ringtones," Tom Lowry. "Hello Cleveland," James Surowiecki. "Collecting Music in the Digital Realm," Tom McCourt. Who Owns the Media? "Empire of the Air," Jenny Toomey. "Tripping Up Big Media," Gal Beckerman. "The Moguls Are the Medium," Laura Peterson. "Media: Breaking Up is Easy to Do," Tom Lowry and Ron Grover. 9. Body Image. How Does the Media Influence Body Image? "Teenage Plastic Surgery," Sasha de Gerdsdorff. "Extreme Surgery," Graham Lawton. "The Brutality of Celebrity Culture," Joyce McMillan. "Media Influences on Body Image Development," Marika Tiggeman. Why Are So Many Americans Overweight? "Eat This Now!" Susan Brink and Elizabeth Querna. "How Your Brain Makes You Fat" Barbara Wickens. "Obesity: An Overblown Epidemic?" W. Wayt Giggs. "Preventing Childhood Obesity," Jeffrey P. Koplan, Catharyn T. Liverman, Vivian I. Kraak. When Does Being "Fit" Become "Unfit"? "I Was an Idiot to Take It So Far" Heather Beresford. "Buyin' Bulk," Christopher McDougall and Lou Schuler. "The Adonis Complex," Harrison G. Pope, Katharine A. Philipps, and Roberto Olivardo. "Femininity and Muscularity: Accounts of Seven Women Body Builders," Sarah Grogan, Ruth Evans, Sane Wright, and Geoff Hunter. 10. Relationships. Is Anyone Really "Dating" Anymore? "From Front Porch to Back Seat: A History of the Date," Beth Bailey. "Get Your Hand Out of My Pocket," Darryl James. "Dorm Brothel," Vigen Guroian. "Will You Marry Me: Spectacle and Consumption in the Ritual of Marriage Proposals," Philip Vannini. What Does Marriage Require? "Great Expectations" Stephanie Coontz. "Fidelity with a Wandering Eye" Cristina Nehring. "A More Perfect Union" Jonathan Rauch. "Baby, This Is Forever," Philip Hodson. What Does it Mean to be a Good Parent? "Designer Babies and Other Myths," Maureen Freely. 11. Education. What Should Students Be Taught? "The Humanities for Cocktail Parties and More," Rick Livingston. "Liberal Educations on the Ropes" Stanley N. Katz. "An Educated and Culturally Literate Person Must Study America's Multicultural Reality," Ronald Takaki. "Designing a Signature General Education Program," Stephen L. Trainer. How Should Students Be Taught? "Lost in the Life of the Mind," Bill Coplan. "Moving Away from the Authoritarian Classroom," Mano Singham. "Toward a Radical Feminist Pedagogy," bell hooks. "The Art of Teaching Science," Lewis Thomas. How Should Learning Be Measured? "Tests, Tracking, and Derailment," Patricia Williams. "Unintended Consequences of High Stakes Testing," Gregory Cizek. "Why So Many Exams? A Marxist Response," Bertell Ollman. "The Portfolio's Shifting Self: Possibilities for Student Learning," Heidi Estrem. 12. American National Identity. Who Gets to Be an American? "By the Time I Get to Cucaracha," Celia C. Perez-Zeeb. "A Nation of Immigrants," Peter Brimelow. "Keep the Borders Open," John G. Horn Berger. "Too Many: Looking Today's Immigration in the Face," Steven Camelot. What Does It Mean to be a Good American Citizen? "Needed: Informed Voters," John Balzac. "America: Idea or Nation?" Wilfred M. McClay. "A Patriotic Left," Michael Kazin. "Class Warfare: It is Wrong that America's Most Privileged Families Have Abandoned Military Service," Josiah Bunting III. What Kind of Power Should We Give Our Government? "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Martin Luther King, Jr. "Databases and Security vs. Privacy," Heather Green. "Why Fear National ID Cards," Alan M. Dershowitz. "Reclaiming Federalism," David J. Barron. 13. Environments. How Can We Improve the Cyber Environment? "The Daily We: Is the Internet Really a Blessing for Democracy?" Cass Sunstein. "How to Mend a Broken Internet," Danny O'Brien. "Surviving E-Mail Fatigue," Andrew K. Pace. "Making Them Squirm," John Tierney. How Do We Design Communities? "Getting on the Case," Stuart Meck. "The Lived-In City," Jane Holtz Kay. "So What Can We Do—Really Do—About Sprawl?" Donella Meadows. "Enough Snickering. Suburbia Is More Complicated and Varied Than We Think," Robert Wilson. What is Our Relationship to Nature? "The Obligation to Endure," Rachel Carson. "Silent Spring at 40," Ronald Bailey. "In Wilderness is the Preservation of the World," Jack Turner. "Hazy Days in Our Parks," Charles Petit.