The Informed Argument, 7th Edition

  • Robert K. Miller University of St. Thomas
  • ISBN-10: 1413016111
  • ISBN-13: 9781413016116
  • 760 Pages Paperback 
  • Previous Editions: 2004, 1998, 1995
  • © 2007 | Published
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About The Solution

Overview

Treating argument as a problem-solving tool, featuring an innovative marginalia program that contains the contextual information students need to enter thematic conversations, and providing the most extensive coverage of argument in all forms of media, The Informed Argument is the best-selling solution for teaching writing and argument.


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Features/Benefits

  • An introduction to the principles of argument, guidance in constructing arguments, and valuable sources to use in learning to read arguments critically, as well as in formulating arguments, are presented to students as they develop their own arguments.
  • An accessible overview of the traditional elements of argument are included, including classical and Rogerian argument as well as the Toulmin model.

What's New

  • The largest thematic reader of any argument text available, this updated Seventh Edition of The Informed Argument contains two new, student-friendly themes, body image and relationships, which include, respectively, clusters on dating, marriage, and parenting, media influence on body image, the issue of obesity in America, and when looking "fit" becomes "unfit."
  • Featuring the first integrated technology package in an argument text, The Informed Argument is now expanded with readings and themes from Comp21 for Argument, which provides students with access to images, videos, additional readings and audio clips of famous speeches that they can use in both their research and writing.
  • All new art, examples and marginalia provide students with the most up-to-date information for writing their arguments.

Table of Contents

Part I. UNDERSTANDING ARGUMENT.
1. The Purposes of Argument.
2. The Contexts of Argument.
3. The Media for Argument.
4. The Strategies for Argument.
Part II. COMPOSING ARGUMENTS.
5. Constructing Arguments.
6. Doing Research.
7. Documenting Your Sources.
Part III. NEGOTIATING DIFFERENCES.
8. Ownership.
Who Owns Words and Ideas? "Standing Up for the Power of Learning," Jay Matthews. "What's Yours? (Ownership of Intellectual Property," Ralph Caplan. "Copyright Crusaders: Another Front on the Intellectual-Property Wars," David Gibson. "The Responsible Plagiarist: Understanding Students Who Misuse Sources," Angela Lipson and Shelia M. Reindl. Who Owns Music? "Free Downloads Play Sweet Music," Janis Ian. "Ringtones," Tom Lowry. "Hello Cleveland," James Surowiecki. "Collecting Music in the Digital Realm," Tom McCourt. Who Owns the Media? "Empire of the Air," Jenny Toomey. "Tripping Up Big Media," Gal Beckerman. "The Moguls Are the Medium," Laura Peterson. "Media: Breaking Up is Easy to Do," Tom Lowry and Ron Grover.
9. Body Image.
How Does the Media Influence Body Image? "Teenage Plastic Surgery," Sasha de Gerdsdorff. "Extreme Surgery," Graham Lawton. "The Brutality of Celebrity Culture," Joyce McMillan. "Media Influences on Body Image Development," Marika Tiggeman. Why Are So Many Americans Overweight? "Eat This Now!" Susan Brink and Elizabeth Querna. "How Your Brain Makes You Fat" Barbara Wickens. "Obesity: An Overblown Epidemic?" W. Wayt Giggs. "Preventing Childhood Obesity," Jeffrey P. Koplan, Catharyn T. Liverman, Vivian I. Kraak. When Does Being "Fit" Become "Unfit"? "I Was an Idiot to Take It So Far" Heather Beresford. "Buyin' Bulk," Christopher McDougall and Lou Schuler. "The Adonis Complex," Harrison G. Pope, Katharine A. Philipps, and Roberto Olivardo. "Femininity and Muscularity: Accounts of Seven Women Body Builders," Sarah Grogan, Ruth Evans, Sane Wright, and Geoff Hunter.
10. Relationships.
Is Anyone Really "Dating" Anymore? "From Front Porch to Back Seat: A History of the Date," Beth Bailey. "Get Your Hand Out of My Pocket," Darryl James. "Dorm Brothel," Vigen Guroian. "Will You Marry Me: Spectacle and Consumption in the Ritual of Marriage Proposals," Philip Vannini. What Does Marriage Require? "Great Expectations" Stephanie Coontz. "Fidelity with a Wandering Eye" Cristina Nehring. "A More Perfect Union" Jonathan Rauch. "Baby, This Is Forever," Philip Hodson. What Does it Mean to be a Good Parent? "Designer Babies and Other Myths," Maureen Freely.
11. Education.
What Should Students Be Taught? "The Humanities for Cocktail Parties and More," Rick Livingston. "Liberal Educations on the Ropes" Stanley N. Katz. "An Educated and Culturally Literate Person Must Study America's Multicultural Reality," Ronald Takaki. "Designing a Signature General Education Program," Stephen L. Trainer. How Should Students Be Taught? "Lost in the Life of the Mind," Bill Coplan. "Moving Away from the Authoritarian Classroom," Mano Singham. "Toward a Radical Feminist Pedagogy," bell hooks. "The Art of Teaching Science," Lewis Thomas. How Should Learning Be Measured? "Tests, Tracking, and Derailment," Patricia Williams. "Unintended Consequences of High Stakes Testing," Gregory Cizek. "Why So Many Exams? A Marxist Response," Bertell Ollman. "The Portfolio's Shifting Self: Possibilities for Student Learning," Heidi Estrem.
12. American National Identity.
Who Gets to Be an American? "By the Time I Get to Cucaracha," Celia C. Perez-Zeeb. "A Nation of Immigrants," Peter Brimelow. "Keep the Borders Open," John G. Horn Berger. "Too Many: Looking Today's Immigration in the Face," Steven Camelot. What Does It Mean to be a Good American Citizen? "Needed: Informed Voters," John Balzac. "America: Idea or Nation?" Wilfred M. McClay. "A Patriotic Left," Michael Kazin. "Class Warfare: It is Wrong that America's Most Privileged Families Have Abandoned Military Service," Josiah Bunting III. What Kind of Power Should We Give Our Government? "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Martin Luther King, Jr. "Databases and Security vs. Privacy," Heather Green. "Why Fear National ID Cards," Alan M. Dershowitz. "Reclaiming Federalism," David J. Barron.
13. Environments.
How Can We Improve the Cyber Environment? "The Daily We: Is the Internet Really a Blessing for Democracy?" Cass Sunstein. "How to Mend a Broken Internet," Danny O'Brien. "Surviving E-Mail Fatigue," Andrew K. Pace. "Making Them Squirm," John Tierney. How Do We Design Communities? "Getting on the Case," Stuart Meck. "The Lived-In City," Jane Holtz Kay. "So What Can We Do�Really Do�About Sprawl?" Donella Meadows. "Enough Snickering. Suburbia Is More Complicated and Varied Than We Think," Robert Wilson. What is Our Relationship to Nature? "The Obligation to Endure," Rachel Carson. "Silent Spring at 40," Ronald Bailey. "In Wilderness is the Preservation of the World," Jack Turner. "Hazy Days in Our Parks," Charles Petit.

Supplements

Instructor Supplements

Instructor Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title’s "About the Solution" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition. For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

English 21 Composition Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495795208 | ISBN-13: 9780495795209)


Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 141301612X | ISBN-13: 9781413016123)

Parts I and II of the instructor's manual provide lecture note highlights, graphic representations for more spatial learners, and a range of suggestions for class activities. Additional discussion questions and writing activities are included in Part III. The manual is offered from a teacher's perspective and includes practical tips and hints for working with students.


English 21 Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495795232 | ISBN-13: 9780495795230)

Succeed in your English class with the largest compilation of online resources ever organized for composition and literature courses, English21 is a complete online support system that weaves robust, self-paced instruction with interactive assignments. English21 supports you through every step of the writing process, from assignment to final draft. English21 includes carefully crafted multimedia assignments; a collection of essays that amounts to a full-sized thematic reader; a full interactive handbook including hundreds of animations, exercises, and activities; a complete research guide with animated tutorials and a link to the InfoTrac database; and a rich multimedia library with hand-selected images, audio clips, video clips, stories, poems and plays.


Turnitin™ User Guide 1-Semester Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 1413030181 | ISBN-13: 9781413030181)

This proven, online plagiarism-prevention software promotes fairness in the classroom by helping students learn to correctly cite sources and allowing instructors to check for originality before reading and grading papers. (Access code/card required).


English 21: Argument 2-Semester, InfoTrac® 2-Semester, Personal Tutor English 2-Semester Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1413032052 | ISBN-13: 9781413032055)


Student Supplements

Student Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title’s "About the Solution" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition. For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Comp21 CD-ROM, Full Edition  (ISBN-10: 141301500X | ISBN-13: 9781413015003)

Comp21: Composition in the 21st Century for Argument uses Wadsworth's unique "explicator" technology as well as audio/visual galleries and libraries of classic essays to expand the capabilities of any argument course into the technological age. The "visual explicator," the "text explicator," and the "video explicator" on Comp21 allow students to carfully analyze texts from all media in an interactive environment and use their annotations toward an argument paper.


English 21 Composition Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495795208 | ISBN-13: 9780495795209)


English 21 Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495795232 | ISBN-13: 9780495795230)

Succeed in your English class with the largest compilation of online resources ever organized for composition and literature courses, English21 is a complete online support system that weaves robust, self-paced instruction with interactive assignments. English21 supports you through every step of the writing process, from assignment to final draft. English21 includes carefully crafted multimedia assignments; a collection of essays that amounts to a full-sized thematic reader; a full interactive handbook including hundreds of animations, exercises, and activities; a complete research guide with animated tutorials and a link to the InfoTrac database; and a rich multimedia library with hand-selected images, audio clips, video clips, stories, poems and plays.


Turnitin™ User Guide 1-Semester Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 1413030181 | ISBN-13: 9781413030181)

This proven, online plagiarism-prevention software promotes fairness in the classroom by helping students learn to correctly cite sources and allowing instructors to check for originality before reading and grading papers. (Access code/card required).


English 21: Argument 2-Semester, InfoTrac® 2-Semester, Personal Tutor English 2-Semester Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1413032052 | ISBN-13: 9781413032055)

The largest compilation of online resources ever organized for composition and literature courses, English21 is a complete online support system that weaves robust, self-paced instruction with interactive assignments. Easily assignable English 21 engages students as they become better-prepared and successful writers.English21 supports students through every step of the writing process, from assignment to final draft. English21 includes carefully crafted multimedia assignments; a collection of essays that amounts to a full-sized thematic reader; a full interactive handbook including hundreds of animations, exercises, and activities; a complete research guide with animated tutorials and a link to Gale's InfoTrac database; and a rich multimedia library with hand-selected images, audio clips, video clips, stories, poems and plays.


Meet the Author

About the Author

Robert K. Miller

Robert K. Miller is professor of English at the University of St. Thomas where he teaches first-year composition, advanced composition, persuasive writing, and rhetorical theory in addition to teaching writing in a multidisciplinary program. Committed to the principle that teachers of writing should write, Miller is the author of numerous books, essays, and articles.