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Perspectives on Argument - 4th edition

by Nancy Wood

Perspectives on Argument (ISBN10: 0131823744; ISBN13: 9780131823747)
ISBN13: 978-0131823747
ISBN10: 0131823744

Summary: For freshman/sophomore-level writing courses that teach argumentation.

Offering more models of argument than any text available, this combination rhetoric/reader helps students develop strategies for critical reading, critical thinking, research, and writing that will help them argue clearly and convincingly. The Rhetoric portion includes clear explanations and examples of argument theory and reading and writing processes, research and documentation skills more, and offers engaging, class-tested writing assignments and activities. The Reader portion includes 65 reading selections covering seven broad issue areas and 18 more focused areas, all of contemporary concern.


  • NEW--Visual and Oral Argument chapter added--With new black and white photos, folio of ten colored photos, cartoons, advertisements and speeches that present arguments.
    • Teaches students how to analyze the argument that they see and hear every day.
  • NEW-- Improved five-part organization--i.e. Relocated Rogerian argument now taught before the researched position paper assignments.
    • Provides students with clearer assignment sequences and more immediate application theory.
  • NEW--Fallacies or Pseudoproofs chapter added.
    • Provides students with a more manageable presentation of proofs and fallacies.
  • NEW--More than 75 percent new Reader section readings.
    • Offers students a diverse and current cross section of readings that provide them with flexibility when choosing models and developing ideas.
  • NEW--More immediate connections between theory and practice included throughout--With new assignments.
    • Provides students with tools to teach them how to use the Toulmin model, the claim questions and the proofs to generate material for argument papers.
  • NEW--Quick reference to Major Writing Assignments and Sample Papers.
    • Helps students locate what they need to plan and write their argument papers.
  • NEW--Comprehensive Pedagogy--Questions to consider, collaborative exercises, class projects and writing assignments in every chapter, websites for further exploration and research in the Reader.
    • Provides students with multiple tools for thinking and writing arguments.
  • NEW--Three new issue areas and 15 new issue questions--War and Peace, the Future, and Freedom.
    • Introduces students to relevant topics for argument.
  • NEW--Improved and updated information for writing successful papers--Expanded electronic source citations, more plagiarism examples and a new worksheet.
    • Helps students plan and write an exploratory paper.
  • Cross-gender and cross-cultural communication styles--Shows students how to identify and develop their own unique styles of argument and to recognize how their styles may have been influenced by their surroundings.
    • Helps students find a voice for their arguments.
  • Summary charts--Summarizes key theory in handy reference charts. Places strategies for both reading and writing side by side, showing the interconnections.
    • Provides students with a convenient study/review tool, and helps them integrate the reading and writing processes for argument.
  • Companion
    • Provides students with interactive self-graded exercises and relevant web links to expand material with no additional preparation. less

Edition/Copyright: 4TH 04
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Year Published: 2004
International: No

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