Dynamic Argument, 1st Edition

  • Robert Lamm Arkansas State University
  • Justin Everett University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
  • ISBN-10: 0618475184  |  ISBN-13: 9780618475186
  • 864 Pages
  • © 2007 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $114.75 
  • Newer Edition Available
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    About

    Overview

    This cutting-edge rhetoric with readings combines a process-oriented approach to persuasive writing with captivating essays and dynamic visuals. Thoroughly tested in the authors' own classrooms, the engaging readings explore different perspectives on relevant topics such as health, pop culture, and the individual in society, bringing to life issues students grapple with in their lives as citizens, consumers, and family members. The essays--including those written by the authors' own students--serve as motivational models for student writing. Cartoons, comic strips, and photographs complement the readings and stimulate critical thinking on a wide range of issues. The rhetoric section of Dynamic Argument presents twelve chapters sequenced to lead students through the writing process. From chapter to chapter, students discover a variety of persuasive writing tools. They then learn to develop their own points of view and to use logic to support them. A complete technology package accompanies the text, making teaching and learning writing even more dynamic.


    Features/Benefits

    • Three chapters on planning, drafting, and revising--along with creative examples and guided practice--focus students on a variety of writing techniques. Students can revisit these chapters while working on writing assignments to reinforce their understanding of key skills.
    • Creative formatting, an abundance of illustrations, and entertaining-yet-instructive cartoons engage students and underscore important points.
    • The authors employ non-technical and user-friendly terms, and examples to present the elements of argumentation and the writing process.
    • Useful teaching aids in the rhetoric section of the text include revision and editing guides, a scoring guide, student-written essays, and writing tips--materials that teachers often have to provide as supplements to a text. The examples and guidelines help students write more effectively at the college level.
    • Compelling visuals and cooperative learning exercises address the needs of both traditional and non-traditional learners.
    • The authors' straightforward writing style and mentoring tone resembles a one-on-one conference between student and instructor, coaching the student through the writing process and the readings.

    Table of Contents

    I. Rhetoric
    1. Introduction
    Dynamics of Arguments
    Writing Arguments
    2. Claims
    Degrees of Controversy
    Functions in Writing
    Types of Claims
    3. Support
    Evidence
    Explanations
    4. The Reader's Response to Arguments
    Reader Response: How You Read
    Questioning Critically
    Process of Reading: Previewing, Reading, and Responding
    Working with Multiple Arguments
    5. Planning Arguments
    Understanding the Assignment
    Generating Material
    Organizing Materials
    6. Drafting Arguments
    Structure of an Argument
    The Five-Paragraph Theme
    Tying It All Together
    7. Revising and Editing Arguments
    Revising an Argument
    Giving and Receiving Advice
    Editing an Argument
    8. Researching Arguments
    The Process of Research
    Planning Research: From Research Topic to Research Question
    Conducting Research
    Evaluating Sources
    Electronic Research
    A Final Word on Sources: Currency
    Avoiding Plagiarism
    9. Quoting, Paraphrasing, Summarizing
    Quoting
    Paraphrasing
    Summarizing
    10. Using Logic
    What Is Logic?
    Authority, Emotion, and Logic
    Deductive Logic
    The Logical Structure of an Argument
    Carl Rogers: Conflict Resolution
    11. Strategies and Fallacies
    Humor
    Rhetorical Questions
    Figurative Language
    Fallacies
    12. Arguing Visually
    Elements of Design
    Understanding Visual Arguments
    Anthology of Visual Arguments
    Levels of Completeness in Visual Arguments
    13. MLA Documentation
    In-Text Citations in MLA Style
    Creating a Works Cited List
    14. APA Documentation
    In-Text Citations in APA Style
    Preparing the Reference List (Bibliography)
    II. Reader
    15. Health and Medicine: The Obesity Epidemic, Stem-Cell Research, and the Psychology of Success
    Issue 1: The Obesity Epidemic
    Considering the Issue of Chronic Obesity
    Amy Dickinson, "Measuring Up"
    Patrick Johnson, "Obesity: Epidemic or Myth?"
    Amanda Spake, "Rethinking Weight: Hey, Maybe It's Not a Weakness. Just Maybe...It's a Disease"
    Howard Markel, "A Global Epidemic in the Making?"
    Issue 2: Stem-Cell Research
    Considering the Issue of Stem-Cell Research
    Christopher Reeve, "Use the Body's Repair Kit"
    Virginia Postrel, "Should Human Cloning Be Allowed? Yes, Don't Impede Medical Progress"
    Eric Cohen and William Kristol, "Should Human Cloning Be Allowed? No, It's a Moral Monstrosity"
    Ron Reagan Jr., "Remarks by Ron Reagan Jr., to the 2004 Democratic National Convention"
    Michael Fumento, "Cynical and Cruel: Ron Reagan's DNC Speech Was Exploitation--of His Father and of Science"
    Sharon Begley, "Now That Chimeras Exist"
    Issue 3: The Psychology of Success
    Considering the Issue of the Psychology of Success
    Daniel Eisenberg, "How to Help Them Succeed"
    Hara Estroff Marano, "Rocking the Cradle of Class"
    Carlin Flora, "The Measuring Game: Why You Think You'll Never Stack Up"
    Richard Wiseman, "The Luck Factor"
    16. The Individual in Society: Same-Sex Marriage, Poverty, and Political Correctness and Freedom of Speech
    Issue 1: Same-Sex Marriage
    Andrew Sullivan, "Why the M Word Matters to Me"
    Robert W. Patterson, "Why Gay Marriage Doesn't Measure Up"
    Ramesh Ponnuru, "Option Four"
    Komal Bhojwani, "Mother Land"
    Issue 2: Poverty
    Johan Norberg, "The Scientist's Pursuit of Happiness"
    Alexander Keyssar, "Reminders of Poverty, Soon Forgotten"
    Larry Elder, "Katrina, the Race Card, and the Welfare State"
    Jim Wallis, "What the Waters Revealed"
    Issue 3: Political Correctness and Freedom of Speech
    Diane Ravitch, "The Language Police: Can We Stop Them?"
    Lawrence White, "Hate Speech Codes That Will Pass Constitutional Muster"
    Nat Hentoff, "Is It Time to Retire 'Politically Correct'?"
    17. Security: Islam and the West, Immigration Control, and the Culture of Fear
    Issue 1: Islam and the West
    Considering the Issue of Islam and the West
    John Ashcroft, "The Patriot Act: Wise beyond Its Years"
    Ali Al-Ahmed, "Hypocrisy Most Holy"
    Petra Bartosiewicz, "I.O.U. One Terrorist"
    Queen Noor al-Hussein, "Afterword from Leap of Faith"
    Gregory Melleuish, "Globalized Religions for a Globalized World"
    Issue 2: Immigration Control
    Considering the Issue of Immigration Control
    Rupert Murdoch, "Let Us Give Thanks to Our Immigrants"
    William F. Buckley, "Can We Stop Illegals?"
    Peter Duignan, "Do Immigrants Benefit America?"
    Jim Couch, J. Douglas Barrett, and Peter M. Williams, "Total Amnesty for Illegal Aliens?"
    Issue 3: The Culture of Fear
    Considering the Issue of the Culture of Fear
    Frank Furedi, "The Market in Fear"
    Paul Rogers, "A World Becoming More Peaceful?"
    David G. Myers, "Do We Fear the Right Things?"
    Joyce Carol Oates, "The Aesthetics of Fear"
    18. The Future: Environmental Sustainability, Artificial Intelligence, and Human Longevity
    Issue 1: Environmental Sustainability
    Considering the Issue of Environmental Sustainability
    Edward O. Wilson, "The Bottleneck"
    Jan Otto Andersson, "Our Full Unequal World"
    Michael Crichton, "Environmentalism as Religion Run Amok"
    Issue 2: Artificial Intelligence
    Considering the Issue of Artificial Intelligence
    Ray Kurzweil, "An Inexorable Emergence"
    Bill Joy, "The Dark Side of Technology"
    Steven B. Harris, "A.I. and the Return of the Krell Machine"
    Issue 3: Human Longevity
    Considering the Issue of Human Longevity
    Ben Bova, "It's Completely Impossible"
    Gregory Stock and Daniel Callahan, "Point-Counterpoint: Would Doubling the Human Life Span Be a Net Positive or Negative for Us Either as Individuals or as a Society?"
    Henry J. Aaron and William B. Schwartz, "Coping with Methuselah"
    19. Popular Culture: Violent Entertainment, Body Modifications, and Consumerism
    Issue 1: Violent Entertainment: Video Games and Rap Music
    Considering the Issue of Violent Entertainment
    Anonymous, "Breeding Evil? Defending Video Games"
    David Grossman, "B. F. Skinner's Rats and Operant Conditioning at the Video Arcade"
    Tony Reichhardt, "Playing with Fire?"
    Sara Rimensnyder, "Bang, You're Dead"
    Cynthia Wagner, "Aggression and Violent Media"
    Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, "Parents Need Help"
    Lloyd Eby, "Why Eminem Is a Problem"
    J. McCrillis, "Why Eminem Is Important"
    Issue 2: Body Modification
    Considering the Issue of Body Modification
    Anonymous, "Focusing on Body Image Dissatisfaction"
    Colin Milner, "The Perfect Body Could Be Detrimental to Our Health"
    Anonymous, "Pots of Promise: The Beauty Business"
    John Leo, "The Modern Primitives"
    Deborah Shouse, "Mark Her Words"
    David Concar, "The Boldest Cut"
    Issue 3: Consumerism
    Considering the Issue of Consumerism
    Laurence Shames, "The More Factor"
    Bill McKibben, "The Christian Paradox: How a Faithful Nation Gets Jesus Wrong"
    Robert Samuelson, "Shop 'til We Drop?"
    Gary Gardner, "Hungry for More: Reengaging Religious Teachings on Consumption"
    Geoffrey Calvin, "Admit It: You, too, Are Paris Hilton"
    Charles Leadbeater, "Globalization: Now the Good News"
    20. Classic Arguments
    Plato, "Crito"
    Jonathan Swift, "A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland from Being a Burden to Their Parents or County, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Public"
    Thomas Jefferson, "Declaration of Independence"
    Henry David Thoreau, "On Civil Disobedience"
    Florence Nightingale, "Women's Time"
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton, "Address by Elizabeth Cady Stanton on Women's Rights"
    Mina Loy, "Feminist Manifesto"
    George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language"
    Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
    Glossary
    Credits
    Index

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    Meet the Author

    About the Author

    Robert Lamm

    As Director of English Education at Arkansas State University since 1991, Robert Lamm teaches teachers how to teach writing. Past highlights include serving as a teacher-consultant for a National Writing Project site in Oklahoma 1980-1991 and directing an NWP site in Arkansas 1992-1999. Dr. Lamm taught graduate-level English courses at Notre Dame University (summers of 2007 and 2008) as a visiting professor. Since 2003, he has directed the Summer Writing Retreat at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Education Center. Dr. Lamm currently is collaborating with colleagues in Syria and China on ESL research projects. In spring 2012, he will serve as a visiting professor at the University of Jilin, China. His doctoral dissertation (1994) at the University of Oklahoma was on methods of teaching argumentative writing.

    Justin Everett

    Justin Everett is Interim Director of Writing Programs at the University of the Sciences, where he oversees first-year writing, the university Writing Center, writing across the curriculum, and professional writing. He also serves as acting chair of the Professional Writing faculty. In addition to first-year writing, he teaches courses in professional writing, public relations writing, advanced argumentative writing, scientific writing, rhetoric of science, and other areas. Dr. Everett is active in the Council of Writing Program Administrators, the Philadelphia Council of Writing Program Administrators, and the Independent Writing Programs Affiliate of the CWPA. When not administering writing programs, Dr. Everett serves as co-chair of the Pulp Studies area for the Popular Culture Association.