Practical Argument: A Text and Anthology

Part 1: Understanding Argument
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - The Structure of Argument

Part 2: Reading and Responding to Arguments
  • Chapter 2: Thinking and Reading Critically
  • Chapter 3: Decoding Visual Arguments
  • Chapter 4: Writing a Rhetorical Analysis
  • Chapter 5: Understanding Logic and Recognizing Fallacies
  • Chapter 6: Rogerian Argument, Toulmin Logic, and Oral Arguments
Part 3: Writing and Argumentative Essay
  • Chapter 7: Planning, Drafting, and Revising and Argumentative Essay

Part 4: Using Sources to Support Your Argument
  • Chapter 8: Evaluating Sources
  • Chapter 9: summarizing, Paraphrasing, Quoting, and Synthesizing Sources
  • Chapter 10: Documenting Sources: MLA
  • Chapter 11: Avoiding Plagiarism

Part 5: Patterns and Purposes
  • Chapter 12: Argument by Definition
  • Chapter 13: Causal Argument
  • Chapter 14: Evaluation Arguments
  • Chapter 15: Proposal Arguments
  • Chapter 16: Arguments by Analogy
  • Chapter 17: Ethical Arguments

Part 6: Debates, Casebooks,and Classic Arguments
  • Chapter 18: Should We Eat Meat?
  • Chapter 19: Do We Still Need Newspapers?
  • Chapter 20: What Should Be Done about Our Nation's Homeless?
  • Chapter 21: Should the U.S> Government Drop Its Sanctions against Cuba?
  • Chapter 22: Should Undocumented Immigrants Be Entitled to Driver's Licenses?
  • Chapter 23: Should the U.S. Permit Drilling for Oil in Environmentally Sensitive Areas?
  • Chapter 24: Should Felons Permanently Forfeit Their Right to Vote?
  • Chapter 25: Should Openly Gay Men and Women Be Permitted to Serve in the Military?
  • Chapter 26: Should Every American Go to College?
  • Chapter 27: Do We Still Need Unions?
  • Chapter 28: Various Arguments
  • Appendix A: Writing Literary Arguments
  • Appendix B: Documenting Sources: APA