Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric with Readings, Concise Edition (7th Edition)
Through many editions, Writing Arguments has established itself as a leading college textbook in argumentation. By focusing on argument as dialogue in search of solutions to problems instead of as pro-con debate with winners and losers, Writing Arguments treats argument as a process of inquiry as well as a means of persuasion. Users and reviewers have consistently praised the book for teaching the critical thinking skills needed for writing arguments: how to analyze the occasion for an argument; how to ground an argument in the values and beliefs of the targeted audience; how to develop and elaborate an argument; and how to respond sensitively to objections and alternative views. We are pleased that in this seventh concise edition, we have made many improvements while retaining the text’s signature strengths.
What’s New in the Seventh Edition?
■ An updated, revised, and streamlined Chapter 2 on “Argument as Inquiry,” exploring the “living wage” controversy. Chapter 2 now has all new student examples, visual arguments, and professional readings on the timely issue of raising the minimum wage for fast-food workers or retail store clerks. A new annotated student exploratory essay models the process of rhetorical reading and dialogic thinking.
■ Six new student model essays, many of which are annotated. New student model arguments, including newly annotated models, help demonstrate argument strategies in practice. Showing how other students have developed various types of arguments makes argument concepts and strategies easier for students to grasp and use themselves. New student essays address timely and relevant issues such as raising the minimum wage, analyzing the ethics of downloading films from person-to-person torrent sites on the Web, critiquing a school culture that makes minorities “invisible,” opposing women in combat roles, and evaluating the effect of social media on today’s college students.
■ Expanded treatment of evidence. A revised and expanded Chapter 5 explains with greater clarity the kinds of evidence that can be used in argument and shows students how to analyze evidence rhetorically. A new section shows students how to evaluate
evidence encountered in secondary sources by tracing it back to its primary sources.
■ Expanded treatment of Rogerian communication and other means of engaging alternative views. In Chapter 7, we expand our treatment of Rogerian argument by reframing it as Rogerian communication, which focuses more on mutual listening, negotiation, and growth than on persuasion. In addition, a new annotated student essay illustrates how a classical argument appealing to a neutral, undecided, or mildly resistant audience addresses alternative views.
■ Four new professional readings. New readings about issues such as a living wage, the use of dietary supplements among athletes, and therapeutic cloning have been chosen for their illustrative power and student interest.
■ New visual examples throughout the text. New images, editorial cartoons, and graphics throughout the text highlight current issues such as living wage, climate change, bullying, sexual trafficking, date rape, rainwater conservation, fracking, and gender or racial stereotypes.
■ Streamlined organization of each chapter now keyed to learning outcomes. Each chapter now begins with learning outcomes. Each main heading in a chapter is linked to an outcome, enhancing the explanatory power of the outcomes and helping students learn the high-level take-away points and concepts in each chapter.
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