Purposeful Argument A Practical Guide

ISBN-10: 1285438086
ISBN-13: 9781285438085
Edition: 2nd 2015
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List price: $33.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2015
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/1/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.672
Language: English

Emphasizing the practical and the local, THE PURPOSEFUL ARGUMENT: A PRACTICAL GUIDE, BRIEF EDITION, 2E effectively brings argument into real life with community-based writing activities, illustrating that the tools and skills of argument are critical to readers today-and wherever their careers take them. With a focus on accessibility, the text encourages students to argue in response to issues in a variety of environments-school, workplace, family, neighborhood, social-cultural, consumer, and concerned citizen-and learn how argument can become an essential negotiating skill in everyday life. It offers thorough treatments of Toulmin-based and Rogerian approaches to argument as well as teaches the value of fully understanding the opposition, the importance of aiming for the middle ground, and how to use a microhistory to forge an unconventional position. The only introduction to argument written with the today's diverse student body in mind, THE PURPOSEFUL ARGUMENT uses vivid explanations, detailed examples, and practical exercises to guide students step by step through the process of building an effective argument.

Harry Phillips earned a Ph.D. in English from Washington State University (WSU) in 1994 and an M.A. in English with a minor in Education from North Carolina Central University in 1988. From 1994 to 2009, he was Instructor of English at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he regularly taught Argument-Based Research and a range of American literature courses. He began teaching argument in 1993 at WSU and recommended that this course be a part of the North Carolina Community College Common Course Library, a recommendation that led to the course being adopted across the N.C. Community College system. He continues to view argument as an essential set of skills both for two- and four-year college students, as well as for everyday people intent on crafting effective argument. Dr. Phillips was curator of native plants at the North Carolina Botanical Garden and the principal author of GROWING AND PROPAGATING WILD FLOWERS (University of North Carolina Press, 1985). Since retiring from CPCC, he spends his time as a mediator, climate change activist, and avid gardener.

How To Approach Argument In Real Life
Argue with a Purpose
What Argument Is and What Argument Is Not
… Graduating Debtors … by Thomas Frank
Recognize Where Argument Is Appropriate in Real Life
Argue About Issues that Matter to You
Establish Local Context for an Issue Through the Research Process
Recognize Why Arguments Break Down
Match Argument with Purpose
Explore an Issue that Matters to You
Determine What Matters to You and Why
Choose an Issue within a Topic
Pre-Think About Your Issue
Define and Target Your Audience
Stake, Defend, and Justify Your Claim
Vary the Support You Bring to an Argument
Working with a Target Audience: Two Examples
Argue at the Right Moment
Getting Started
How To Establish Context Through Research
Develop a Research Plan
Use Reference Works, Encyclopedias, and Topic Overviews Profitably
Gather Search Terms
Use Search Engines to Find Internet Sources on the Surface Web and on the Deep Web
Perform Keyword Queries
Find News Sites and Use RSS Feeds to Receive Updates
Find and Use Databases in Libraries
Find and Use Primary Sources
Find and Use Government Sources
Find and Use Multimedia Sources
Find Books
Evaluate and Engage with Your Sources
Take Notes, Read Critically, and Evaluate Internet Sites
Take Notes, Read Critically, and Evaluate Articles
Take Notes and Read Books Critically
Take Notes and Evaluate Primary Sources
Introduce and Comment on Sources
Quote and Cite Quotations
Summarize and Cite Summaries
Paraphrase and Cite Paraphrases
Avoid Plagiarism
Documentation: Works Cited Page
Read Critically and Avoid Fallacies
Define Fallacies
Identify and Avoid Fallacies
Avoid Fallacies of Choice
Avoid Fallacies of Support
Avoid Fallacies of Emotion
Avoid Fallacies of Inconsistency
Work Fairly with the Opposition
Why the Opposition Matters
Resist Easy Generalizations
Listen to Local Voices
Summarize Other Voices Fairly
Value Expertise Over Advocacy
Avoid Bias When You Summarize
Find Points of Overlap
Respond to Other Views
How To Plan, Structure And Deliver An Argument
Develop a Strategy
Consider Toulmin-Based Argument
Consider Middle Ground and Rogerian Argument, and Argument based on Microhistory
Build Arguments
Support an Argument with Fact (Logos), Credibility (Ethos), and Emotion (Pathos)
How To Take Ownership Of Your Argument: A Style Guide
Enhance Your Argument with Visuals and Humor
What Are Visual Arguments?
Read Visual Arguments
Use Humor in Your Argument
When Is Humor Appropriate?
Develop and Edit Argument Structure and Style

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