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SO WHAT? The Writer's Argument, with Readings / Edition 2

SO WHAT? The Writer's Argument, with Readings / Edition 2

by Kurt Schick, Laura Schubert
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So What? The Writer's Argument, Second Edition, teaches students how to write compelling arguments and explains why practicing argumentation is essential to learning and communicating with others. Practical exercises throughout each chapter reinforce this broader academic aim by focusing on the key issue of significance—helping writers answer the "So What?" question for themselves and their audiences. By showing students how their writing fits within the broader context of academic inquiry, So What?, Second Edition, encourages them to emulate and adapt the authentic academic styles, foundational organizing structures, and helpful rhetorical moves to their college classes and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190209131
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/15/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 177,884
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kurt Schick is Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication at James Madison University.

Laura Schubert is Instructor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication at James Madison University. She is also a faculty member in James Madison University's Writing Center.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 : What's the Purpose of Scholarly Writing?
Chapter 2: How Do Scholars Read and Write?
Chapter 3: How Do We Select and Use Sources Responsibly?
Chapter 4: How Do Arguments Work?
Chapter 5: How Do We Analyze Arguments?
Chapter 6: How Do We Support Arguments?
Chapter 7: How Can We Create a Compelling Thesis?
Chapter 8: How Do We Organize and Develop Arguments?
Chapter 9: How Can We Find Faults and Gaps in Arguments?
Chapter 10: What about Style?

Section 1: How Do We Know What We Know?
"Does the Internet Make You Smarter?" by Clay Shirky
"How to Know What to Believe Anymore" by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel
"When Prior Belief Trumps Scholarship" by Charles R. Marshall
"How Does our Language Shape the Way We Think?" by Lera Boroditsky
Excerpt from Introduction to Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I to 9/11 by Kathryn S. Olmstead
"Seeing Red? The Mind-Bending Power of Colour" by Tom Chivers
"Post Hoc Rides Again" by Darrell Huff

Section 2: What Challenges Do College Students Face?
"Crass Frat Boys at Old Dominion" by Conor Friedersdorf
"The Coddling of the American Mind" by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
"Taking My Parents to College" by Jennine Capó Crucet
"Let's Give Chivalry Another Chance" by Emily Esfahani Smith
"Accents and Ebonics: When the Hood Goes to College" by Taylor Callwood
"How to Live Wisely" by Richard J. Light
"Get Your Stadiums out of Our Churches" by Alan Levinovitz
"Effects of Gender and Type of Praise on Task Performance Among Undergraduates" by Lea Lessard, Andrew Grossman, and Maggie L. Syme

Section 3: What's the Point of Good Writing?
"9 Qualities of Good Writing" by Ann Handley
"Will We Use Commas in the Future?" by Matthew J.X. Malady
"Through Glasses Half Full" by Kurt Schick
"The Art of the Police Report" by Ellen Collett
"Zombie Nouns" by Helen Sword
"N/A 101, Prof. Blank, A Month/Some Day/The Year, A Love Story" by Alan Linic

Section 4: What Makes Us Happy?
"Pursuing the Science of Happiness" by Andrew Guest
"A Wandering Mind is an Unhappy Mind" by Matthew A. Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert
"What Happy People Do Differently" by Robert Biswas-Diener & Todd B. Kashdan
"For the Love of Money" by Sam Polk
Excerpt from"An Interview on 'The Paradox of Choice' with Barry Schwartz" by Elizabeth Cosgriff
"Suicide on Campus and the Pressure of Perfection" by Julie Scelfo
"Hey Internet, Please Quit With the Happiness Articles" by Katy Waldman
"The All-or-Nothing Marriage" by Eli J. Finkel

Section 5: How Do We Pursue Justice?
"The Caging of America" by Adam Gopnik
"With Liberty and Justice for Some" by Emanuel Grant
"Why Should Married Women Change Their Names? Let Men Change Theirs" by Jill Filipovic
"New Home School Law a Threat" by Katie Brown
"The Gender Wage Gap Lie" by Hanna Rosin
"Executive Summary: Injustice on Our Plates: Immigrant Women in the U.S. Food Industry" by Mary Bauer and Mónica Ramírez

Appendix A: How to Benefit from Peer Review and Collaboration
Appendix B: Templates for Organizing Arguments
Appendix C: Sample Rhetorical Analysis

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