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    Informed Arguments: A Guide to Writing and Research - Revised Second Edition

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    Terri Pantuso, Texas A&M University

    Sarah LeMire, Texas A&M University

    Kathy Anders, Texas A&M University

    Copyright Year: 2019

    Last Update: 2022

    Publisher: Texas A&M University

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Yongkang Wei, Professor, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on 12/21/22

    This would be a useful source for teaching first-year writing courses, as it covers all the subjects that are supposed to be dealt with, esp. if the focus of teaching is placed on argumentation. I have been actively looking for a textbook that... read more

    Reviewed by Tara Montague, Part-time instructor, Portland Community College on 6/28/22

    I’d give this a 4.5 if I could. This text covers nearly everything that I’d want to cover in a FYW course on thesis-driven argument. I would love to see a revised introduction with a more robust intro aimed at the student – one that formally... read more

    Reviewed by Carrie Dickison, Associate Teaching Professor, Wichita State University on 6/3/21

    The text covers the writing process, rhetoric and argumentation, and research-based writing sufficiently in-depth to work as a primary textbook for a composition course focusing on these topics. As with most OERs, instructors will likely need to... read more

    Reviewed by Stefanie Shipe, Associate Professor, Northern Virginia Community College on 5/10/21

    The textbook offers a thorough discussion of the writing process and the research process. The section on paragraph development is especially comprehensive. The section on the Writing Process could be more robust, particularly the discussion of... read more

    Reviewed by Lee Ann Regan, Adjunct Professor, Northern Virginia Community College on 5/5/21

    This textbook covers all the topics I cover in my Composition II class, though I would like more on analyzing visual arguments (ads, photos, political cartoons). read more

    Reviewed by Linda McHenry, Instructor of First-Year Composition & Coordinator of Composition-Sequence Assessment, Fort Hays State University on 3/26/21

    This comprehensive textbook, appropriate for an English Composition II course, both describes and explains six steps in the writing process for a first-year composition student. An example of a student’s prewriting is included. Rhetorical... read more

    Reviewed by Andrew Howard, Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator of English, The University of the District of Columbia on 2/26/21

    This book covers everything that a first-year writing professor would expect to see, and it covers everything a first-year writing student will need to encounter for academic writing. The layout is logical and the tone is approachable enough that... read more

    Reviewed by Oline Eaton, Lecturer, Howard University on 1/27/21

    This is an especially comprehensive text on writing arguments intended for an audience of first year students. The authors very effectively assess the knowledge base of that readership and, accordingly, open the book with a chapter that offers... read more

    Reviewed by Grant Bain, Instructor, Colorado State University on 12/28/20

    The textbook is amazingly comprehensive, especially given its brevity. I was surprised to see, for example, how thoroughly the authors were able to cover major concepts in argument theory. The authors introduce not only classical argument, but... read more

    Reviewed by Paul Lee, Associate Professor, University of Texas at Arlington on 11/11/20

    I think it covers a lot of the basics, which is good, and I understand that it is intended to be a short, more concise introduction to academic writing. However, I would like to see a little more depth in areas like ethos, pathos, logos and the... read more

    Table of Contents

    • I. Introduction
    • II. Getting Started
    • III. Rhetorical Situation
    • IV. Types of Argumentation
    • V. Process and Organization
    • VI. Joining the Academic Conversation
    • VII. Researched Writing
    • VIII: Ethics

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    About the Book

    Welcome to composition and rhetoric! While most of you are taking this course because it is required, we hope that all of you will leave with more confidence in your reading, writing, researching, and speaking abilities as these are all elements of freshman composition. Many times, these elements are presented in excellent textbooks written by top scholars. While the collaborators of this particular textbook respect and value those textbooks available from publishers, we have been concerned about students who do not have the resources to purchase textbooks. Therefore, we decided to put together this Open Educational Resource (OER) explicitly for use in freshman composition courses at Texas A&M University. It is important to note that the focus for this text is on thesis-driven argumentation as that is the focus of the first year writing course at Texas A&M University at the time of development. However, other first year writing courses at different colleges and universities include a variety of types of writing such as personal essays, informative articles, and/or creative writing pieces. The collaborators for this project acknowledge each program is unique; therefore, the adaptability of an OER textbook for first year writing allows for academic freedom across campuses.

    About the Contributors


    Dr. Terri Pantuso is the Coordinator of the English 104 Program and an Instructional Assistant Professor in the English Department at Texas A&M University.

    Prof. Sarah LeMire is the Coordinator of First Year Programs and an Associate Professor in the Texas A&M University Libraries.

    Dr. Kathy Anders is the Graduate Studies Librarian and an Associate Professor in the Texas A&M University Libraries.

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