Inventing Arguments

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Wadsworth, 1998 - Creative thinking - 752 pages
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Organized around common rhetorical situations that occur all around us, INVENTING ARGUMENTS, 3E, International Edition shows you that argument is a living process rather than a form to be modeled. Through the text's prominent focus on invention, you will learn to recognize the rhetorical elements of any argumentative situation and apply the tools of argument effectively in your own writing. The basic layers of argument are introduced 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 you finish Part 1, you will have a thorough understanding of argument, which you can then apply not just to the invention projects in Chapters 7-12 but also to your writing for other college courses and beyond.

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John Metz has a B.A. in English from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in English from the University of Toledo. He has taught first-year writing for over 30 years and currently teaches at Kent State University at Geauga.

John Mauk has a Ph.D. in rhetoric and writing from Bowling Green State University. As a composition scholar, he has written about the role of geographical place in writing pedagogy. He has also published a book of short fiction and several articles on the intersection of rhetoric and fiction. He was elected Imogene Wise Instructor of the Year at Northwestern Michigan College and Sigma Tau Delta Professor of the Year at Miami University. He currently teaches at Miami University and co-directs the Ohio Writing Project.

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