Inventing Arguments (with 2009 MLA Update Card) / Edition 2

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Organized around common rhetorical situations that occur all around us, INVENTING ARGUMENTS, Fourth Edition, shows students that argument is a living process rather than a form to be modeled. The text's prominent focus on invention teaches students to recognize the rhetorical elements of any argumentative situation and apply the tools of argument effectively in their own writing. Students are introduced to the basic layers of argument 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 they finish Chapter 4, your students will have a thorough understanding of argument—which they can then apply to the invention projects in chapters 6-11.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495899488
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/11/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 864
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

Preface. Brief Contents. Note to Students. Part 1: ENTERING ARGUMENT. 1. Reading Argument. 2. Reading Appeals. 3. Reading for Hidden Layers. 4. Entering Argument. Part 2: INVENTING ARGUMENT. 5. Inventing Arguments. 6. Arguing Definitions (What Is It?). 7. Arguing Causes (Why Did This Happen?). 8. Arguing Value (What Good Is This?). 9. Arguing Crisis (What Are We Going to Do?). 10. Arguing the Past (What Happened?). 11. Arguing the Future (What Is Going to Happen?). Part 3: RESEARCH. 12. The Research Guide. Part 4: ARGUMENT ANTHOLOGY. Questions for Reading. Politics. Press. Family. Race. Environment. Education. Consumption. Adbusters. Popular Culture and the Media. Technology. Philosophy and Humanity. Religion. Credits. Index.

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