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by Lester Faigley, Jack Selzer


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This popular rhetoric/reader combines a brief, accessible introduction to argument with an anthology of provocative readings on contemporary issues.

By stressing the rhetorical situation and audience, this argument rhetoric/reader avoids complicated schemes and terminology in favor of providing students with the practical ways of finding "good reasons" to argue for the positions they take. Good Reasons with Contemporary Arguments helps students read, analyze, and write various types of arguments, including visual, verbal, and written. Supporting the authors' instruction are readings by professional and student writers and over 150 visuals. Good Reasons with Contemporary Arguments is distinctive for its discussion of why people write arguments, its coverage of rhetorical analysis and visual analysis in a brief format, its close attention to reading arguments, its thorough attention to research, and its emphasis on provocative topics in the reader section of the book.

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ISBN-13: 9780321951571
Publisher: Longman
Publication date: 01/21/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 608
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Part I Reading and Discovering Arguments 1

Chapter 1: Making an Effective Argument 2

What Exactly Is an Argument? 3

Finding Good Reasons 4

Writing Arguments in College 5

Arguments as Turns in a Conversation 7

A Case Study: The Microcredit Debate 8

Chapter 2: Reading Arguments 12

Explore Controversies 12

Read Critically 13

Finding Good Reasons 14

Recognize Fallacies 16

It’s on the Internet 17

Map and Summarize Arguments 20

Chapter 3: Finding Arguments 22

Find Arguments in Everyday Conversations 23

Find a Topic 25

What Is Not Arguable 26

Finding Good Reasons 27

Campus 28

Community 29

Nation/World 29

Explore Your Topic 30

Read About Your Topic 32

Find Good Reasons 35

Find Evidence to Support Good Reasons 37

Chapter 4: Drafting Arguments 39

Think About Your Purpose 40

State and Evaluate Your Thesis 40

Think About Your Readers 42

Finding Good Reasons 43

Organize Your Argument 45

Write an Engaging Title and Introduction 47

Write a Strong Conclusion 48

Chapter 5: Revising and Editing Arguments 49

Evaluate Your Draft 49

Checklist for evaluating your draft 50

Respond to the Writing of Others 51

Finding Good Reasons 52

Revise Your Draft 54

Edit and Proofread Carefully 55

Part 2 Analyzing Arguments 57

Chapter 6: Analyzing Written Arguments 58

What Is Rhetorical Analysis? 58

Build a Rhetorical Analysis 59

Analyze the Rhetorical Features: Textual Analysis 59

Analyze the Rhetorical Context 64

Write a Rhetorical Analysis 70

Steps to Writing a Rhetorical Analysis 71

Barbara Jordan, Statement on the Articles of Impeachment 73

Sample Student Rhetorical Analysis 77

T. Jonathan Jackson, An Argument of Reason and Passion: Barbara Jordan’s “Statement on the Articles of Impeachment” 77

Chapter 7: Analyzing Visual and Multimedia Arguments 81

What Is a Visual Argument? 81

What Is a Multimedia Argument? 83

Analyze Visual Evidence 85

Ask These Questions When You Are Analyzing Charts and Graphs 87

Build a Visual Analysis 87

Write a Visual Analysis 92

Sample Student Visual Analysis 92

Chrissy Yao, “Use Only What You Need”: The Denver Water Conservation Campaign 93

Part 3 Writing Arguments 95

Chapter 8: Definition Arguments 96

Understand How Definition Arguments Work 97

Recognize Kinds of Definitions 97

Build a Definition Argument 99

King’s Extended Definition Argument 102

Finding Good Reasons 103

Detailed Contents

Steps to Writing a Definition Argument 104

Michael Pollan, Eat Food: Food Defined 106

Sample Student Definition Argument 112

Patrice Conley, Flagrant Foul: The NCAA’s Definition of Student Athletes as Amateurs 112

Chapter 9: Causal Arguments 117

Understand How Causal Arguments Work 118

Find Causes 119

Build a Causal Argument 121

Steps to Writing a Causal Argument 124

Finding Good Reasons 126

Emily Raine, Why Should I Be Nice to You? Coffee Shops and the Politics of Good Service 127 Sample Student Causal Argument 134

Armadi Tansal, Modern Warfare: Video Games’ Link to Real-World Violence 134

Chapter 10: Evaluation Arguments 138

Understand How Evaluation Arguments Work 139

Recognize Kinds of Evaluations 140

Build an Evaluation Argument 141

Finding Good Reasons 143

Steps to Writing an Evaluation Argument 144

Glenn Loury, A Nation of Jailers 146

Sample Student Evaluation Argument 155

Jenna Picchi, Organic Foods Should Come Clean 155

Chapter 11: Narrative Arguments 162

Understand How Narrative Arguments Work 163

Recognize Kinds of Narrative Arguments 163

Build a Narrative Argument 165

Steps to Writing a Narrative Argument 166

Finding Good Reasons 168

Gregory Kristof, On the Ground with a “Gap Year” 169

Chapter 12: Rebuttal Arguments 173

Understand How Rebuttal Arguments Work 174

Recognize Kinds of Rebuttal Arguments 175

Build a Rebuttal Argument 178

Finding Good Reasons 179

Steps to Writing a Rebuttal Argument 180

Ron Reagan, Speech at the Democratic National Convention, July 27, 2004 182

Richard M. Doerflinger, Don’t Clone Ron Reagan’s Agenda 185

Sample Student Rebuttal Argument 188

Marta Ramos, Oversimplifying the Locavore Ethic 188

Chapter 13: Proposal Arguments 192

Understand How Proposal Arguments Work 193

Recognize Components of Proposal Arguments 193

Build a Proposal Argument 194

Steps to Writing a Proposal Argument 196

Finding Good Reasons 198

Adam Gopnik, The Simple Truth About Gun Control 199

Sample Student Proposal Argument 203

Kim Lee, Let’s Make It a Real Melting Pot with Presidential Hopes for All 203

Part 4 Designing and Presenting Arguments 207

Chapter 14: Designing Multimedia Arguments 208

Think About Which Media Will Reach Your Audience 208

Know When to Use Visual Evidence 209

Think About the Argument an Image Makes 210

Design Arguments for Print 211

Design Multimedia Arguments 212

Chapter 15: Presenting Arguments 214

Plan a Presentation 214

Design Visuals for a Presentation 216

Deliver an Effective Presentation 218

Part 5 Researching Arguments 221

Chapter 16: Planning Research 222

Analyze the Research Task 222

Find a Subject 223

Ask a Research Question 224

Gather Information About the Subject 224

Draft a Working Thesis 227

Chapter 17: Finding Sources 228

Develop Strategies for Finding Sources 228

Find Sources in Databases 229

Common Databases 230

Find Sources on the Web 232

Know the Limitations of Wikipedia 235

Find Multimedia Sources 236

Find Print Sources 237

Chapter 18: Evaluating and Recording Sources 239

Determine the Relevance of Sources 239

Determine the Quality of Sources 240

Evaluate Database and Print Sources 242

Checklist for Evaluating Database and Print Sources 242

Evaluate Web Sources 243

Checklist for Evaluating Web Sources 244

Keep Track of Sources 245

Chapter 19: Writing the Research Project 248

Review Your Goals and Plan Your Organization 248

Avoid Plagiarism 249

Plagiarism in College Writing 251

Avoid Plagiarism When Quoting Sources 252

Avoid Plagiarism When Summarizing and Paraphrasing 254

Decide When to Quote and When to Paraphrase 256

Write a Draft 258

Chapter 20: Documenting Sources in MLA Style 260

Elements of MLA Documentation 260

MLA In-Text Citations 265

MLA Works-Cited List: Books 268

MLA Works-Cited List: Periodicals 271

MLA Works-Cited List: Library Database Sources 273

MLA Works-Cited List: Online Sources 274

MLA Works-Cited List: Other Sources 276

Sample MLA Paper 277

Brian Witkowski, Need a Cure for Tribe Fever? How about a Dip in the Lake? 277

Chapter 21: Documenting Sources in APA Style 284

Elements of APA Documentation 284

APA In-Text Citations 287

APA References List: Books 289

APA References List: Periodicals 290

APA References List: Library Database Sources 291

APA References List: Online Sources 292

APA References List: Other Sources 292

Part 6 Contemporary Arguments 295

Chapter 22: Sustainability 296

Environmentalism and Sustainability 296

Contemporary Arguments 298

High Moon, We’re Almost There (cartoon) 301

Wendell E. Berry, “It All Turns on Affection”: 2012 Jefferson Lecture 302

Kentucky Appalachian Ministry, Locally Grown … Heaven Sent Ad 306

Jared Diamond, Will Big Business Save the Earth? 311

National Association of Scholars, Fixing Sustainability and Sustaining Liberal Education 315 Joy of Tech, Look on the Bright Side (cartoon) 321

Sidebar: How green is your T-shirt? 323

Mark Bittman, Eating Food That’s Better for You, Organic or Not 323

Issue in Focus making cities sustainable 326

Sidebar: Top 10 Most Sprawling U.S. Metro Regions 326

Kaid Benfield, Why Smart Growth Can’t Be the Only Answer 328

Greg LeRoy, Subsidizing Sprawl: Economic Development Policies That Deprive the Poor of Transit, Jobs 331

David B. Resnik, Urban Sprawl, Smart Growth, and Deliberative Democracy 335

Original Green, Lovable 343

From Reading to Writing 344

Chapter 23: Education 345

Education in American Society 345

Contemporary Arguments 346

Andrew Delbanco, College at Risk 347

Garry B. Trudeau, Doonesbury: Teaching Is Dead (cartoon) 353

Salman Khan, What College Could Be Like 354

Kevin Carey, Into the Future with MOOCs 357

Scott Carlson, For Making the Most of College, It’s Location, Location, Location 360

David Brooks, Sam Spade at Starbucks 362 issue in Focus is college worth the price? 364

Anthony P. Carnevale, College Is Still Worth It 367

Richard Vedder, For Many, College Isn’t Worth It 373

Jim Borgman, College Loan Debt (cartoon) 378

Niall Ferguson, Who Needs College? 378

Nicole Allan and Derek Thompson, The Myth of the Student Loan Crisis 380

From Reading to Writing 383

Chapter 24: Globalization 384

America’s Place in the World–and the World’s Place in America 384

Contemporary Arguments 385

Thomas Friedman, Why the World Is Flat 386

Sidebar: The 10 Great Levelers 388

Chappatte, Our Outsourced World (cartoon) 391

Richard Florida, The World in Numbers: The World Is Spiky 391

Robyn Meredith and Suzanne Hoppough, Why Globalization Is Good 396

Sadanand Dhume, Slumdog Paradox 399

Issue in Focus exporting american culture 403

Todd Gitlin, Under the Sign of Mickey Mouse & Co. 405

Aislin, Ain’t Globalization Grand? (cartoon) 406

Laura Carlsen, Walmart vs. Pyramids 410

Robert McCrum, Glob-ish 412

From Reading to Writing 416

Chapter 25: Science and Ethics 417

The Ethics of Science and Technology 417

Contemporary Arguments 418

Doug Savage, At Last! (cartoon) 419

Jay Lehr, Mike Gemmell, and Joseph Bast, An Open Letter to the Oil and Gas Industry: The Ethical Case for Fracking 420

Elizabeth Royte, Fracking Our Food Supply 422

Bill Gates, A Robot in Every Home 431

Paul Marks, Armchair Warlords and Robot Hordes 437

Sally Satel, Organs for Sale 438

Carl Zimmer, Bringing Them Back to Life 445

Issue in Focus is genetically modified food a boon or a risk? 452

Mark Anslow, Ten Reasons Why GM Won’t Feed the World 454

James Freeman, You’re Eating Genetically Modified Food 457

James E. McWilliams, The Green Monster: Could Frankenfoods Be Good for the Environment? 459

Gregory Jaffe, Lessen the Fear of Genetically Engineered Crops 462

From Reading to Writing 463

Chapter 26: Privacy 465

New Challenges to Personal Privacy 465

Contemporary Arguments 467

Adam Penenberg, The Surveillance Society 469

Mike Luckovich, I’m Glad Facebook’s Taking Privacy Issues Seriously (cartoon) 476

Robert X. Cringely, Facebook Puts Your Privacy on Parade 476

Jonathan Locker, OnStar: Big Brother’s Eye in the Sky 479

Dahlia Lithwick, Teens, Nude Photos and the Law 481

Adam Cohen, A Casualty of the Technology Revolution: “Locational Privacy” 483

Issue in Focus biometrics: measuring the body for identity 485

Steven C. Bennett, Privacy Implications of Biometrics 487

Paul Saffo, A Trail of DNA and Data 493

FBI, Using Technology to Catch Criminals 496

Sidebar: Voice Verification for Transactions 497

Ben Goldacre, Now for ID Cards–and the Biometric Blues 497

From Reading to Writing 499

Chapter 27: Regulating Substances, Regulating Bodies 500

Private Bodies, Public Controls 500

Contemporary Arguments 503

Joe Klein, Why Legalizing Marijuana Makes Sense 504

Bernadine Healy, Legalize Marijuana? Obama Was Right to Say No 505

Consumer Freedom, Obesity Ads 509

David Edelstein, Up in Smoke: Give Movies with Tobacco an Automatic ‘R’ 510

Tony Newman, Criminalizing Smoking Is Not the Answer: Bans on Cloves and Outdoor Smoking Will Backfire! 512

New York State Department of Health, “Skip” Legault Antismoking Ad 514

Garry Trudeau, Doonesbury: The Sin Lobby Gins Up for Another Year (cartoon) 515

Jordan Rubin, Beware of Saturday Morning Cartoons 515

Jeffrey Friedman, The Real Cause of Obesity 518

Consumer Freedom, The Nanny Ad 520

Issue in Focus drinking on college campuses 522

Jeff Keacher, Accomplishments As … (cartoon) 524

John McCardell, A Drinking Age of 21 Doesn’t Work 524

Morris E. Chafetz, The 21-Year-Old Drinking Age: I Voted for It; It Doesn’t Work 527

Toben F. Nelson, Traci L. Toomey, and co-authors, The Drinking Age of 21 Saves Lives 529

James Hibberd, Barhopping with the Bud Girls 532

Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Last Round with My Buddies Ad 534

Sidebar: Some Signs That Substance Use Is a Problem 535

Sidebar: Tips for Safer Drinking 536

From Reading to Writing 538

Chapter 28: New Media 539

Personal Space in Cyberspace 539

Contemporary Arguments 541

Andrew Keen, Is Google’s Data Grinder Dangerous? 542

Sidebar: John Perry Barlow, A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace 543

John Seigenthaler, A False Wikipedia “Biography” 545

Walt Handelsman, Information Superhighway (cartoon) 547

Michael Gerson, Where the Avatars Roam 548

Malcolm Gladwell, Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted 550

David Carr, Why Twitter Will Endure 558

Neil Richards, The Perils of Social Reading 561

Issue in Focus are video games good for you? 565

John C. Beck and Mitchell Wade, How the Gamer Revolution Is Reshaping Business Forever 567

James Paul Gee, Games, Not Schools, Are Teaching Kids to Think 569

Kevin Moss, Blog Entry: The Enemy of My Irony Is My Friend 570

Clay Shirky, Gin, Television, and Social Surplus: A Speech– April 26, 2008 574

From Reading to Writing 578

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