Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric with Readings (9th Edition)

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The market-leading guide to arguments, Writing Arguments ,9/e has proven highly successful in teaching readers to read arguments critically and to produce effective arguments of their own.

Product Details

  • Series: Writing Arguments A Rhetoric With Readings
  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 9 edition (October 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 020517163X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205171637
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds

Customer Reviews

Thoughtful, articulate, and readable rhetoric.

41 people found this helpful.
 on November 17, 2004
By J. Edwards
“Writing Arguments” shines like a beacon in the dark and murky waters of composition textbooks. Although some have critiqued it for its “passive” approach, I support both the approach and the layout as the best way I’ve found to approach basic argumentation. A solid understanding of audience (in particular) is vital for successful writing, and it’s also something inexperienced, self-focused writers often lack.

In LOVE with this text

17 people found this helpful.
 on September 16, 2012
By educator, writer, blogger, shopper
As an instructor, I am in LOVE with this text. I teach an argument-based research composition course and this text has improved the effectiveness of my teaching methods while at the same time making learning enjoyable for my students. The text is easy to read and uses language familiar with students of all ages (I teach at a community college and as a result the age range is tremendous). In addition, the book includes relevant examples that students can further relate to. I have taught this course previously using another textbook for three semesters and I dreaded the use of the previous textbook. Now, teaching this course, while using this text for the first time, I get excited creating my class agenda. The activities included in the text allows for the students to foster dynamic discussion. I have never before LOVED textbook this much. I look forward to continuing using this text.

Extremly helpful

11 people found this helpful.
 on January 11, 2011
By avogt2
I have just started reading the first 4 chapters. It sticks to the point of what you need with learning how to write a successful argumentation paper. I have ADHD and I am able to understand and write with the instructions in this book

Essential for Argument Presentation

9 people found this helpful.
 on March 1, 2007
By Monty Rainey
Presented in textbook fashion, WRITING ARGUMENTS: A RHETORIC WITH READINGS, doesn’t exactly make for compelling reading, but is certainly a critical source for argumentation documents. Author’s Ramage, Bean and Johnson guide the reader through the process both deliberately and succinctly, covering every aspect of argument presentation, beginning with definition through source documentation.

Excellent text

One person found this helpful.
 on February 4, 2016
By Maryann Pasda Diedwardo
I am using the book to teach my classes on rhetoric at a major university. I like the methodology of the text which incorporates visual as well as prose argumentation. The writing also offers students the chance to learn from rhetorics to practice summaries and outlining.

Writing Arguments

5 people found this helpful.
 on February 23, 2011
By Red
This is a textbook required for an English Composition class. To date, I’ve found it suprisingly well written and provacative. It’s been many years since I took an English composition course and I may actually find I enjoy it in part due to this text.

It was required

 on January 22, 2014
By Gizmoraker
He received an A for this course last semester and with this new semester is all ready referring back to this book. I would recommend purchasing this book as opposed to renting it. It is a useful tool 🙂

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