Inventing Arguments, Brief

  • AUTHORS: John Mauk; John Metz
  • ISBN-13: 9781305113312 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 528 Pages  Paperback 
  • 4th Edition
  • ©2016     Published
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Organized around common rhetorical situations that occur all around us, INVENTING ARGUMENTS shows students that argument is a living process rather than a form to be modeled. The text's focus on invention teaches students to recognize the rhetorical elements of any argumentative situation and apply the tools of argument effectively in their own writing. Students are introduced to the basic layers of argument in early chapters, with material arranged into increasingly sophisticated topics beginning with the most obvious or explicit layers (claims) and moving to more implied or “hidden” layers (assumptions, values, beliefs, ideology). By the time they finish Part 1, your students will have a thorough understanding of argument, which they can then apply to the invention projects in Chapters 7−12.


  • INVENTING ARGUMENTS is organized according to argumentative situations instead of the elements or models of argument so that students will learn to apply the tools of argument effectively in any situation.
  • The chapters of Part 1 help instructors to build a syllabus that begins with the most basic tools of argument and moves quickly to more advanced layers. Reviewers have appreciated the concise and comprehensible descriptions of difficult concepts (such as ideology, warranting assumptions, values and beliefs) that help instructors to emphasize important critical-thinking outcomes.
  • The “Invention” section within each Part 2 chapter helps students to discover topics for their arguments; to explore a rhetorical situation; to develop a revelatory main claim that promotes a new way of thinking; to support their claims with effective evidence and appeals; and to consider counterarguments, concessions, and qualifiers to their arguments.
  • Part 3, “The Research Guide,” offers students fundamental strategies for doing primary and secondary research, while also teaching them to view research as a tool of argument and to evaluate sources as elements within bigger institutional and social arguments.

About the Contributor

  • John Mauk

    John Mauk has a Ph.D. in rhetoric and writing from Bowling Green State University and a Masters in language and literature from the University of Toledo. Scholarship includes an article on critical geography and composition (COLLEGE ENGLISH, March 2003). Mauk now teaches composition and rhetoric courses at Northwestern Michigan College. In 2007, he served on the NCTE Nominating Committee.

  • John Metz

    John Metz has a B.A. in English from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (1983) and an M.A. in English from the University of Toledo (1985). He has taught first-year writing for over 20 years and currently teaches at Kent State University at Geauga in Twinsburg, Ohio.

New to this Edition

  • A new discussion of Classical, Rogerian, and Toulmin Argument in Chapter 1 helps students understand different ways of thinking about argument.
  • Increased coverage of Rogerian argument in Chapter 4 includes Carl Rogers’ essay “Communication: Its Blocking and Its Facilitation” and an opportunity for students to describe a rhetorical situation in which a Rogerian approach, one based on cooperation and understanding, would have led to better results than a more oppositional approach.
  • Increased coverage of Toulmin terms in Chapter 5 helps students analyze practical, everyday arguments and ideas by explaining how these various parts of argument work together.
  • A new name for Chapter 5, “Assumptions and Values” better reflects its coverage.
  • Types of claims (fact, value, and policy) introduced in Chapter 2 are more clearly related to the argument categories in Part 2: Definitions, Causes, Value, Crisis, Past and Future.
  • Part 3, Research, is now divided into two chapters, Chapter 13, The Research Guide, and Chapter 14, Documenting Styles for ease of use.
  • Updated and new citations have been added to both the MLA and APA sections of Part 3, Research. A new design better distinguishes the two citation styles for easier reference.

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