The Language of Argument / Edition 12

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This highly regarded English Composition text teaches students to read argument and provides material around which they can write their own argumentative essays. Throughout the collection, short and compelling pieces generate classroom debate by touching on today's most controversial issues, including stem cell research and racial profiling. The brevity of each argument allows instructors to assign one or more readings in a single class period. While the majority of reading selections function as models of good writing, the collection also contains poorly structured writing examples so that students can analyze and learn from the flaws. The Twelfth Edition features "Get Your Facts," a new section designed to help students use the latest technology and document electronic resources properly.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618917556
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 432,397
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

I. Forms of Argument Persuasive Writing Win Your Audience Define the Issue Make Your Case Exercises Restoring Perspective: $1,000 for the Prom Is Immoral, Peter A. Brown Help Wanted Immediately! Even Terri Schiavo's Death Won't Stop the Politicians, Carl Hiaasen Dr. Durant Demonstrates Psychokinesis, Redstone Wire Service Color Me Pro-Choice, Mitchell Farnum Of Paul De Man and Deconstruction, Alice Kracke Induction Is the Sample Known? Is the Sample Sufficient? Is the Sample Representative? Polling Occam's Razor Exercises Essay Assignments Cast Men Out of Polling Places, Matthew Miller Praying for Pope John Paul II's Death May Be More Appropriate, William F. Buckley, Jr. We Don't Need Immigrants, Dan Stein Ban Boxing, Robert E. McAfee Smoking Is Very Glamorous, American Cancer Society Fast Food Terror: A Tale of Two Cities, Timothy Wheeler, M.D. Deduction Are the Premises True? Is the Language Unambiguous? Is the Syllogism Valid? Induction or Deduction? Exercises Essay Assignments Ebonics Be a Complex Issue, Bill Cosby Death Penalty Deters Violent Crime, Senator Strom Thurmond Justice Department Detects Discrimination Against Native Americans, John Leo All in Favor of "Gun Control," Raise Your Right Hand A Broader Approach to Respect for Life, Jerry Darring Stem Cell Research Needs to Proceed, Editorial, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Research Not Equal to Sacrifice, Phil Gingrey Fallacies False Analogy Presumed Cause-Effect Begging the Question Ignoring the Question Fallacies in Other Forms Exercises Essay Assignments Left-Handers (Those Sickos) Got No Reason to Live!, Roger L. Guffey Is This Intelligent Design or What? Timothy Johnson How Would You Like the Police to Investigate Your Miscarriage? Planned Parenthood Sizism—One of the Last "Safe" Prejudices, Sally E. Smith Pave the Stupid Rainforests! Ed Anger Women Priests? Never! S. L. Varnado Argument by Authority Expert Testimony Biased Testimony Distorting Quotations Exercises Essay Assignments America's Founding Fathers on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, National Rifle Association Tracking the Werewolf, Fred A. Dobson How Prozac Saved My Marriage, Tonya Kowalsy What Jesus Said About Homosexuality, Dignity/USA Nudity Can't Separate Us From God, Sin Does, Robert Bahr There Is No Safe Sex, Robert C. Noble Semantic Argument Snarl and Purr Words Indirect Statement Persuasive Style Exercises Essay Assignments Offices Revolve Around Doughnuts, Nancy Hauge Psychometry: Getting the Vibrations, David St. Clair Stauer EMC2 Analog Atomic Watch, NextTen Corporation Which Would You Rather Put on Your Kids' Cereal? Sugar Association SAT Has Outlived Its Usefulness—If It Ever Had Any, That Is, Joe Rodriguez Women Can Dump Jerks Without Help of Lawyers, Judy Jarvis Statistics Averages Questionable Figures Irrelevant Numbers Homemade Statistics Enhancing a Statistic Exercises Essay Assignments Terrorism and You—The Real Odds, Michael L. Rothschild 100,000 Beer Commercials? Anheuser-Busch Barry Bonds, Your Records Will Stand, Mike Lukovich Is It Sports, the Weather or Love of God That Keeps Us Married? William R. Mattox, Jr. Consider the Bulk Rate for Wide-Bodied Airline Passengers, Marc Fisher God Bless America, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence No, Virginia, There Isn't a Santa Claus! Bruce Handy II. Argument for Analysis The Ugliness Problem, Dan Seligman Would You Take a House Call from Dr. Kevorkian? Faye Girsh, Ed.D. I Had Liposuction Instead, American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons The Baby Grew Up to Be a Monster, John De Rosier Give Hotel Guests a Bible-Free Room, Annie Laurie Gaylor Let's Not Blame Wrestling for All the Violence, R. W. Peterson The Supreme Court Also Legalized Slavery, Breen Entrance to High School Should Not Be Automatic, Carol Jago Women Don't Belong in the Cockpit! Ed Anger Federal Foolishness and Marijuana, Jerome P. Kassirer, M.D. A Lot of Campus Rapes Start Here, Santa Monica Hospital Making Sheep: Possible, but Right? Timothy Backous The Whole Scoop on Coffee, Health After 50 Impotence: Ever Since Brad Went Vegetarian, PETA Let's Do Away with Safety, Lawrence A. Bullis In Defense of Lies, John Leo Asking God to Cheat in Sports, Dexter Martin Young Children Need Moral Instruction in School, Jack Valenti They're Forgetting Someone, Media: Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund Dying Is Not a Solely Private Decision, Our Sunday Visitor So I Have a Vitamin Gap, Big Deal, Council for Responsible Nutrition Shocking Study Reveals...Vitamin C Can Help You Win the Lottery! Ann Victoria Our Youth Aren't Learning Our History, Herbert London Little Girls Shouldn't Count Calories, Deborah Mathis Handgun Freedom: Where Have All the Feminists Gone? Dr. Michael S. Brown Butter: Now More Than Ever the Natural Choice, National Dairy Board Equal Treatment Is Real Issue—Not Same-Sex Marriage, USA Today For a Better Life, Don't Eat Any Beef, Dean Ornish That's Racial Profiling, Mike Ramirez Step 1 Toward Greatness: Win Powerball, Jim Watts Simple Tradeoff Is Key to Finding Time to Read, John Sledge Diary of an Unborn Child Roswell: A Little Less Balance, Please, Art Levine When You Give Blood..., American Red Cross America Needs a Flag-Protection Amendment, Senator Bob Dole Blame It on Dr. Jekyll, Luke Thompson Biologist: Creationism Is 'Bad Religion,' Brian J. Axsmith Should Priests Marry? Martin Ridgeway Is It Any Wonder the Prisons Are Full? Dakin Reasonable Rate of Divorce Can Be Good for Society, Philip D. Harvey III. Literary Argument My Mistress' Eyes—Sonnet CXXX, William Shakespeare From Henry V, St. Crispin's Day, William Shakespeare To His Coy Mistress, Andrew Marvell Death, Be Not Proud, John Donne From Paradise Lost, Book IX, John Milton A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft A Modest Proposal, Jonathan Swift From Northanger Abbey—"Oh! It Is Only a Novel!" Jane Austen My Last Duchess, Robert Browning I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General, W. S. Gilbert The Declaration of Independence as Adopted by Congress Do We Really Need Another Biography of Jane Austen? Irene B. McDonald Cardinal Newman's Rules for Writing Sermons, Cardinal J. H. Newman IV. Eight Rules for Good Writing Rule 1: Find a Subject You Can Work With Exercises Rule 2: Get Your Facts Visit the Library Use Your Telephone Use New Technology Write for Facts You Need Exercises Alternate Exercises Rule 3: Limit Your Topic to Manageable Size Exercises Rule 4: Organize Your Material The Introduction The Body The Conclusion Exercises Rule 5: Make Your Writing Interesting Truisms Cliches Generalized Language Inflated Language Exercises Rule 6: Make Your Writing Emphatic Avoid Wordiness Write in the Active Voice Express Your Main Idea in the Subject-Verb of Your Sentence Do Not Waste the Ends of Your Sentences Keep Your Sentences Relatively Short Keep Your Document as Short as Possible Exercises Rule 7: Avoid Language That Draws Attention to Itself Sexist Language Repetition Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers Elaborate Figures of Speech Faulty Parallelism Awkward Constructions Abrupt Changes in Tone Exercises Rule 8: Avoid Mechanical Errors Punctuation Apostrophes, Quotation Marks, Italics, and Capital Letters Abbreviations Numbers Spelling Exercises Final Reminders Credit Your Sources Use Your Speaking Voice Get Help from Friends Make It Neat Remember Your Audience Remember Your Purpose Be Smart Appendixes Exercises for Review Subjects for Argumentative Essays Good Words, Bad Words, and Persuasive Words Writing a Business Letter Making a Speech The MLA System for Citing Sources Index

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