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Teaching Arguments: Rhetorical Comprehension, Critique, and Response

Teaching Arguments: Rhetorical Comprehension, Critique, and Response

by Jennifer Fletcher


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Teaching Arguments: Rhetorical Comprehension, Critique, and Response

No matter where  students’ lives lead after graduation, one of the most essential tools we can teach them is how to comprehend, analyze, and respond to arguments. Students need to know how writers’ and speakers’ choices are shaped by elements of the rhetorical situation, including audience, occasion, and purpose. In Teaching Arguments, Jennifer Fletcher provides teachers with engaging classroom activities, writing prompts, graphic organizers, and student samples to help students at all levels read, write, listen, speak, and think rhetorically.
Jennifer believes that, with appropriate scaffolding and encouragement, all students can learn a rhetorical approach to argument and gain access to rigorous academic content. Teaching Arguments opens the door and helps them pay closer attention to the acts of meaning around them, to notice persuasive strategies that might not be apparent at first glance. When we analyze and develop arguments, we have to consider more than just the printed words on the page. We have to evaluate multiple perspectives; the tension between belief and doubt; the interplay of reason, character, and emotion; the dynamics of occasion, audience, and purpose; and how our own identities shape what we read and write. Rhetoric teaches us how to do these things. Teaching Arguments will help students learn to move beyond a superficial response to texts so they can analyze and craft sophisticated, persuasive arguments—a major cornerstone for being not just college-and career-ready but ready for the challenges of the world.

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ISBN-13: 9781571109996
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 342,228
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 5 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Fletcher is an associate professor of English of California State University, Monterey Bay. Before joining the faculty at CSUM, she taught high school English for more than ten years in Southern California, She lives in Seaside, California, with her husband, Ken, and their children, Dryden and Ellerie.

Table of Contents

List of Prompts for Argument Essays and Nonfiction Readings viii

Foreword Carol Jago ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Crossing the Threshold xiii

Chapter 1 Starting with Open-Minded Inquiry 1

Chapter 2 From Comprehension to Critique 17

Chapter 3 Fostering a Deeper Understanding of the Occasion 52

Chapter 4 Fostering a Deeper Understanding of Audience 74

Chapter 5 Fostering a Deeper Understanding of Purpose 107

Chapter 6 Analyzing and Integrating Ethos, Pathos, and Logos 136

Chapter 7 Aristotle's Guide to Becoming a "Good" Student 180

Appendix (A list of specific appendix titles h included at the start of the appendix.) 211

References 255

Index 260

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