Inventing Arguments

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Cengage Learning, Jan 1, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 752 pages
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Organized around common rhetorical situations that occur all around us, INVENTING ARGUMENTS shows students that argument is a living process rather than a form to be modeled. The text's focus on invention teaches students to recognize the rhetorical elements of any argumentative situation and apply the tools of argument effectively in their own writing. Students are introduced to the basic layers of argument in early chapters, with material arranged into increasingly sophisticated topics beginning with the most obvious or explicit layers (claims) and moving to more implied or hidden layers (assumptions, values, beliefs, ideology). By the time they finish Part 1, your students will have a thorough understanding of argument, which they can then apply to the invention projects in Chapters 7-12.
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John Mauk is the writing director at Northwestern Michigan College where he teaches first-year college composition and advanced rhetoric. He has an MA in language and literature from the University of Toledo and a PhD in rhetoric and writing from Bowling Green State University. His publications include an article on critical geography and composition (College English, March 2003), The Composition of Everyday Life: A Guide to Writing (Cengage, © 2014), and Inventing Arguments (Cengage, © 2013). In 2004, Mauk was awarded Imogene Wise Instructor of the Year at NMC.

John Metz has a B.A. in English from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (1983) and an M.A. in English from the University of Toledo (1985). He has taught first-year writing for over 20 years and currently teaches at Kent State University at Geauga.

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