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All too often, students feel the writing course has nothing to do with their own lives and goals. Drawing on more than 35 years of combined classroom experience, Kate Mangelsdorf and Evelyn Posey give beginning writers the skills and confidence they need to choose topics and approaches that matter to them, providing them with step-by-step guidance for producing well-writte All too often, students feel the writing course has nothing to do with their own lives and goals. Drawing on more than 35 years of combined classroom experience, Kate Mangelsdorf and Evelyn Posey give beginning writers the skills and confidence they need to choose topics and approaches that matter to them, providing them with step-by-step guidance for producing well-written, meaningful essays. Maintaining a supportive yet respectful tone, Choices helps students understand writing as a process, see the connections between reading and writing, and use rhetorical strategies, among other necessary academic skills. A wealth of professional and student models, reflecting an impressive diversity, chapters on writing for different situations, and a comprehensive handbook provide everything students need to become effective academic writers — far blow the cost of comparable rhetorics.


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All too often, students feel the writing course has nothing to do with their own lives and goals. Drawing on more than 35 years of combined classroom experience, Kate Mangelsdorf and Evelyn Posey give beginning writers the skills and confidence they need to choose topics and approaches that matter to them, providing them with step-by-step guidance for producing well-writte All too often, students feel the writing course has nothing to do with their own lives and goals. Drawing on more than 35 years of combined classroom experience, Kate Mangelsdorf and Evelyn Posey give beginning writers the skills and confidence they need to choose topics and approaches that matter to them, providing them with step-by-step guidance for producing well-written, meaningful essays. Maintaining a supportive yet respectful tone, Choices helps students understand writing as a process, see the connections between reading and writing, and use rhetorical strategies, among other necessary academic skills. A wealth of professional and student models, reflecting an impressive diversity, chapters on writing for different situations, and a comprehensive handbook provide everything students need to become effective academic writers — far blow the cost of comparable rhetorics.

30 review for Everything's An Argument 3e & Bedford Reseacher & I Claim

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amy Bruestle

    Read this for school...thought-provoking...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ptreick

    I just finished teaching a critical comp class using this book, and the front portion (i.e., chapters 1-22 or so), was great. I didn't find the readings as useful as I would have hoped, and I ended up supplementing with other material anyway. I would recommend this book WITHOUT the readings, which add bulk and cost, but not much else.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Good, but a little superficial and vague at times, which isn't necessarily a problem; it does encourage the reader the think through the implications of the concepts the authors present. However, there are a few instances where they just don't take certain ideas far enough. I'd still recommend it to anyone interested in rhetoric and contemporary culture.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alex Timberman

    Don't let the small size fool you. This isn't your normal book but rather a college level text. It has useful information on noticing arguments and on analyzing arguments that are all around us. Very practical and useful book and I appreciate all of the real life examples along with the numerous images that are useful for class. I recommend it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emily Shipley

    Sure is.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hanhnguyen_94

    4 for how detailed it is but 2 for how wordy it is.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Graham Oliver

    I like the variety of readings, and that's probably the biggest strength of the book; I don't know of a single other reader with such a range, and a well-chosen range at that. The organization (section naming, particularly) could use some work - lots of repetition and names that don't really tell me anything when I'm searching for something. I also don't see myself using any of the large amount of the book dedicated to talking about MLA, APA, or visual arguments given there's so many digital res I like the variety of readings, and that's probably the biggest strength of the book; I don't know of a single other reader with such a range, and a well-chosen range at that. The organization (section naming, particularly) could use some work - lots of repetition and names that don't really tell me anything when I'm searching for something. I also don't see myself using any of the large amount of the book dedicated to talking about MLA, APA, or visual arguments given there's so many digital resources that do it better.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Hirst

    It's simple. The authors fail to properly distinguish between fallacies and valid arguments. Which is supposed to be the point of the book. Examples if you want them. For a clear introduction to the elments of argument, you might consider "With Good Reason," by S. Morris Engel. If you prefer to bump about with nincompoopery, then by all means read this instead. Just don't expect to be able to distinguish circular arguments. Unless, of course, you already know how. It's simple. The authors fail to properly distinguish between fallacies and valid arguments. Which is supposed to be the point of the book. Examples if you want them. For a clear introduction to the elments of argument, you might consider "With Good Reason," by S. Morris Engel. If you prefer to bump about with nincompoopery, then by all means read this instead. Just don't expect to be able to distinguish circular arguments. Unless, of course, you already know how. P.S. 'nincompoopery' is a blatant act of question-begging. P.P.S. I think I read the 2nd edition

  9. 4 out of 5

    Adam Floridia

    Teaching my first upper level English class in the spring (Advanced Composition), and, more importantly, it's the first time I get to pick the book I want! And it's official: this will be one of the required texts (the other being Vonnegut's Palm Sunday!) Haven't read every article in it yet, but the pedagogic stuff on rhetoric is great. I do wish the thematic units of articles were more varied...or just different.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Actually the one I'm reading is without readings, but goodreads doesn't seem to have that one in their list. As a textbook for a Critical Thinking / Composition class, I like this one. Getting the non-readings version made the book cheaper and allowed me to choose my own readings, which, even for an inexperienced teacher like myself tends to work better and be more interesting than a reader. This book gives clear, concise tips on writing argumentative papers.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Flashes of excellence (which I excerpt for class) buried in a lot of filler. It felt like the authors were trying to take a book that could have been a Strunk & White and pad it out into a semester-long textbook. Still good for teaching students to read bloated texts swiftly - a skill that comes in handy at university.

  12. 5 out of 5

    B

    Facinating short stories and great points to think about! I even used this book as a resource for essays written in other classes! Very well organized into topics and thoughts very clear and easy to read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Longfellow

    Sorge-Way's comment on the back guarantees I'll give this book another chance. Perhaps I'll spend more time in the early chapters rather than expecting lots of great stuff from the themed readings in the back sections

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dedrick

    I really enjoyed this book. It outlined and described several styles of argument and provided models that seem useful to me. I hope to apply these models at some point. However, since everything is an argument, I am sure I will make use of it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Used in my AP LANG class, interesting, made me think. Not particularly inspiring, but good all the same.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Suzette Banick

    Difficult to understand. The chapters consisted mostly of examples but no explanations.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachelle

    I'll be returning to this book every semester for hopefully a few years. If you're looking to learn about rhetoric and argument, this is a good book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia Yaa

    amazong

  19. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    A book about rhetoric. It has a lot of colorful pictures in it, which makes it more interesting.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Absolutely essential for any intelligent writer.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    I had to read this for English 1101...thirteen years later and I STILL go back to this book. Love the different stories as essays as well as the commentary from the editors.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    Its awesome

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Hammond

    This is one of the best books I've read on rhetoric.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mick21

  25. 4 out of 5

    Allie Dilbeck

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mercer Smith

  27. 5 out of 5

    Hassan

  28. 5 out of 5

    Beth

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

  30. 5 out of 5

    Madeline Hardy

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