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A Case-Based Approach to Argumentative Writing

Author Sonja Launspach and Laura Aull

Publication Date - December 2020

ISBN: 9780190211219

272 pages
Paperback
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $39.95

The only case-based textbook for first-year writing courses that focuses on developing students' abilities in argument

Description

Learning to write arguments in college Composition classrooms can sometimes seem artificial, pointless, or even contrived, which leads to disengaged students--and disengaged writing. A Case-Based Approach to Argumentative Writing teaches argument within the context of case studies, allowing greater opportunity for student engagement. A typical case includes a "scenario" or narrative, background readings, prompts for in-class and online discussion, at-home and in-class exercises, short writing assignments, and a longer, argument-based essay assignment. Part I contains foundational chapters on argument, critical thinking, reading, and writing. The interplay between instructional information in Part I and cases in Part II helps students convert the abstract concepts they read about into concrete action and writing.

About the Author(s)

Sonja Launspach is Associate Professor of English at Idaho State University.

Laura Aull is Associate Professor of English and directs the writing program at the University of Michigan.

Reviews

"A Case-Based Approach to Argumentative Writing provides a consistent and effective approach to exploring case studies to assist students in exploring issues for making effective arguments."--Kamilah Cummings, DePaul University

"A Case-Based Approach to Argumentative Writing explains concepts in a relatable way for students. It notes the importance of research and argument and situates the discussion around real-world cases and issues, helping students become more engaged with the content."--Melvin Beavers, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

"This book is very balanced and complete. It offers a well-organized, systematic approach to writing that includes attention to all aspects of academic writing and thought."--Rachel Luria, Florida Atlantic University

Table of Contents

    Overview and Rationale
    A Proven Approach, A New Textbook
    New Application for Common Goals
    Student Responses and the Value of the Case Study Textbook
    Table of Contents in Brief
    Table of Contents in More Detail

    Part One: Instructional Chapters

    Chapter 1: Understanding Academic Arguments
    Introduction
    Learning to Argue
    Academic arguments
    Academic argument as inquiry
    --Observing
    --Asking questions
    --Examining alternatives
    --Evaluating, Analyzing, Reflecting
    --Writing
    What isn't an argument
    Basic argument structure

    Chapter 2: Working with Case Studies
    Introduction
    Learning Goals for Case Studies
    How to Do a Case Study
    Five basic steps to writing about a case study
    --Step One: Read the Case Scenario
    --Step Two: Discuss the Case Scenario
    --Step Three: Research the Case Issues
    --Step Four: Analyze and Engage in Decision Making
    --Step Five: Draft Your Paper
    Modeling the Case Study Process: A Sample Case
    Analyzing the Case
    Researching the Case
    Drafting the Case


    Chapter 3: Critical Reading and Critical Thinking
    Introduction
    Critical Thinking
    Components of critical thinking
    --Questions of procedure
    --Questions of preference
    --Questions of reason
    Critical Reading
    Reading strategies
    --Ascertain your Purpose
    --Pre-reading Strategies
    --Reading strategies
    --Reading and annotating like a reader (or, reading for information)
    --Reading and annotating like a writer (or, reading for strategies and structure)
    Summarizing
    --Concept Maps
    Making Connections
    Reading scholarly sources

    Chapter 4: Discussing arguments and cases
    Key concepts addressed in this chapter
    Introduction
    Goals for discussion
    Preparation
    Steps for preparation
    Discussion contributions
    Participation
    Guidelines for Respectful Discussion
    Guidelines for Effective Participation
    Characteristics of Ineffective Participation

    Listening
    Ways to convey engaged listening
    Non-verbal cues:
    Group Discussion Settings
    Small Group Discussion
    Large group discussion
    Reflecting on discussion


    Chapter 5: Conducting Research and Evaluating Sources
    Introduction
    Critical thinking and research preparation: Asking questions when you research
    Time
    Preparation
    Formulating a research question
    Note-taking about evidence
    Thinking critically about evidence
    Evaluating sources
    Evaluating for credibility:
    --Authority
    --Currency
    --Accuracy
    --Objectivity
    --Coverage
    --Stability
    Evaluating for relevance:
    Types of sources
    Primary and secondary sources
    Primary Sources
    Secondary Sources
    Search strategies
    Finding sources
    --The Worldwide Web (WWW)
    --Google scholar
    --Wikipedia
    Documenting sources
    Annotated Bibliography
    --APA annotated bibliography example
    --MLA annotated example
    --Integrating sources

    Chapter 6: The Writing-Thinking Process-Engaging with Your Writing Task
    Introduction
    The Writing-Thinking Process
    Academic writing as a process
    Engaging with your writing task
    Prewriting
    Planning and goal setting
    Idea generation
    Reading and Research
    Drafting and Organizing
    --Using Rhetorical Moves
    --Audience Awareness: Engaging with Readers and Other Writers
    Collaborating
    Rewriting
    --Copy-Editing
    --Publishing
    Engaging with your peers
    Collaboration
    What is collaboration, and why collaborate?
    Collaborating on a case
    Peer review
    Working alone vs. working in teams
    Collaboration do's
    Collaboration don'ts

    Chapter 7: The Writing-Thinking Process-Engaging with Readers and Other Writers
    Introduction
    Engaging with readers
    Rhetorical strategies
    Rhetorical appeals
    Engaging with other writers
    Integrating sources
    Introducing and contextualizing source material
    Quotes
    Paraphrase

    Chapter 8: Analyzing arguments
    Introduction
    Context analysis: analyzing purpose and audience
    Rhetorical analysis: analyzing moves, appeals, language
    Information analysis: analyzing evidence and conclusions
    Context analysis
    Context analysis of a written argument
    Context analysis of a visual argument
    Rhetorical analysis of written argument
    Rhetorical analysis of visual argument
    Information analysis of written argument
    Information analysis of writing in different disciplines
    Information analysis
    of visual argument

    Chapter 9: Avoiding Plagiarism
    Introduction
    Defining Plagiarism
    Tips for preventing plagiarism

    Chapter 10: Reflection
    Introduction
    Check in or Monitoring stage
    Evaluating stage
    Adjusting stage

    Part Two: Case Studies

    Case One: Censorship in the Public Schools
    Case Scenario, Option One: The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling
    The Setting
    The Characters
    The Issue

    Case Scenario, Option Two: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
    The Setting
    The Characters
    The Issue

    Exploring the case: Prewriting
    Arguing the case: Writing assignments
    Reflecting on the case: Looking back

    Case Two: Violence and Video Games
    The Setting
    The Characters

    The Issue

    Exploring the case: Prewriting
    Arguing the case: Writing Assignments
    Reflecting on the case: Looking back

    Case Three: Student Health Care
    The Setting
    The Characters
    The Issue

    Exploring the case: Prewriting
    Arguing the case: Writing assignments
    Reflecting on the case: Looking back

    Case Four: Privacy and the Internet
    The Setting
    The Characters
    The Issue

    Exploring the case: Prewriting
    Arguing the case: Writing assignments
    Reflecting on the case: Looking back

    Case Five: Climate change and communities at risk
    Case Scenario, Option One: Alaska
    The Setting
    The People's Voices
    The Issue

    Case Scenario, Option Two: The Pacific
    The Setting
    The
    People's Voices
    The Issue

    Background information on climate change
    Exploring the case: Prewriting
    Arguing the case: Writing assignments
    Reflecting on the case: Looking back

    Case Six: Campus Speech codes
    The Setting
    The Characters
    The Issue

    Exploring the case: Prewriting
    Arguing the case: Writing assignments
    Reflecting on the case: Looking back

    Case Seven: Student Loan Debt
    The Setting
    The Characters
    The Issue

    Background information on student loan debt
    Exploring the case: Prewriting
    Arguing the case: Writing assignments
    Reflecting on the case: Looking back

    Case Eight: Salmon versus Dams
    The Setting
    The Characters
    The Issue

    Background information on Snake River Dams
    Exploring the case: Prewriting
    Arguing the case: Writing assignments
    Reflecting on the case: Looking back

    Common Assignments
    Writing Goals checklist
    Interview your stakeholder
    Interview your audience
    Self-assessment for Writing Assignments

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