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Teaching Arguments: Rhetorical Comprehension, Critique, and Response

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When we analyse and develop arguments, we have to consider more
than just the printed words on the page. We have to evaluate multiple
perspectives; the tension between belief and doubt; the interplay of reason,
character and emotion; the dynamics of
occasion, audience and purpose; and how our own identities shape what we read
and write. Rhetoric teaches us to do these things. In Teaching Arguments,
Jennifer Fletcher provides teachers with engaging classroom activities, writing
prompts, graphic organisers and student samples to help students at all levels
read, write, listen, speak and think rhetorically. Teaching Arguments will help
students learn to move beyond superficial response to texts so they can analyse
and craft sophisticated, persuasive arguments.

No matter where students’ lives lead after graduation, one of the most essential tools we can teach them is how to comprehend, analyse and respond to arguments. Students need to know how writers’ and speakers’ choices are shaped by elements of the rhetorical situation, including audience, occasion and purpose. In Teaching Arguments, Jennifer Fletcher provides teachers with engaging classroom activities, writing prompts, graphic organisers and student samples to help students at all levels read, write, listen, speak and think rhetorically.

Jennifer believes that, with appropriate scaffolding and encouragement, all students can learn a rhetorical approach to argument and gain access to rigorous academic content. Teaching Arguments opens the door and helps them pay closer attention to the acts of meaning around them, to notice persuasive strategies that might not be apparent at first glance. When we analyse and develop arguments, we have to consider more than just the printed words on the page. We have to evaluate multiple perspectives; the tension between belief and doubt; the interplay of reason, character and emotion; the dynamics  of occasion, audience and purpose; and how our own identities shape what we read and write. Rhetoric teaches us to do these things.

Teaching Arguments will help students learn to move beyond superficial response to texts so they can analyse and craft sophisticated, persuasive arguments – a major cornerstone for being not just ready for tertiary education or a career, but for the challenges of the world.

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SKU SHP4063
ISBN 9781760564063
Publish date 22/01/2018
ascd video No