Perspectives on Argument, Books a la Carte Edition

Perspectives on Argument, Books a la Carte Edition

by Nancy V. Wood, James S. Miller

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ISBN-13: 9780134424248
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 02/02/2017
Pages: 624
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Nancy V. Wood, Professor Emerita of English at the University of Texas at Arlington, taught courses in rhetoric and composition, American literature, and Milton and also served as Director of First Year English, Department Chair, and Assistant Vice President of Undergraduate Academic and Student Affairs. She created the training program for the graduate teaching assistants who teach the freshman argument classes at the university. Perspectives on Argument, developed in the context of this program, underwent constant classroom testing of both content and classroom activities. Other argument textbooks of the time tended to present issues as having only two sides, pro and con, with the possibility of one side “winning.” Perspectives on Argument took a different approach by suggesting that issues may invite a variety of perspectives and that common ground and eventual consensus are also possible outcomes.

Much of Wood’s academic career focused on what freshman students need to become successful college students. While a graduate student in English at Cornell University, Wood taught study skills to Cornell students. Later at the University of Texas at El Paso she created the Study Skills and Tutorial Services, a university-wide program that provided academic support to 12,000 students a year.

Wood is also the author of Essentials of Argument, Writing Argumentative Essays, and College Reading: Purposes and Strategies (Prentice/Pearson).


James Miller is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he teaches courses in 20th century American literature, digital rhetoric, and composition. His scholarship focuses on issues of public memory and the formation of middle-class identity in twentieth-century America, as well as the role commodity culture plays in shaping historical consciousness. His published work has appeared in such journals as American Studies, The Journal of American Folklore, and The Public Historian. In addition to Perspectives on Argument, Professor Miller is the author of several other rhetorical studies and argument readers, among them, The Eater Reader (Pearson).

Table of Contents

  1. A Perspective on Argument
  2. The Rhetorical Situation: Understanding Audience and Context
  3. Reading, Thinking, and Writing About issues
  4. The Essential Parts of an Argument: The Toulmin Model
  5. Types of Claims
  6. Types of Proof
  7. The Fallacies and Ethical Argument
  8. Multimodal Argument
  9. Rogerian Argument and Common Ground
  10. Review Synthesis of Argument Strategies
  11. The Research Paper: Planning, Research, and Invention
  12. The Research Paper: Using Sources, Writing, and Revising
  13. Argument and Literature
  14. Summary Charts: Synthesis of Chapters
  15. Families and Personal Relationships
  16. Modern Technology
  17. Education and Learning
  18. Race, Culture, Identity
  19. The Environment and Sustainability
  20. Privacy and Security
  21. War and Peace

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