Argument in the Real World by Kristen Hawley Turner, Troy Hicks. Teaching Adolescents to Read and Write Digital Texts - Heinemann Publishing
Argument in the Real World
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Argument in the Real World

Teaching Adolescents to Read and Write Digital Texts

By Kristen Hawley Turner, Troy Hicks

Every day, our students are inundated by information—as well as opinions and misinformation—on their devices. These digital texts influence what they buy, who they vote for, and what they believe about themselves and their world. Crafting and analyzing arguments in a digital world could be our greatest possibility to improve dialogue across cultures and continents… or it could contribute to bitter divides.

In this book, Kristen  Hawley Turner and Troy Hicks draw from real world texts and samples of student work to share a wealth of insights and practical strategies in teaching students the logic ...

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Every day, our students are inundated by information—as well as opinions and misinformation—on their devices. These digital texts influence what they buy, who they vote for, and what they believe about themselves and their world. Crafting and analyzing arguments in a digital world could be our greatest possibility to improve dialogue across cultures and continents… or it could contribute to bitter divides.

In this book, Kristen  Hawley Turner and Troy Hicks draw from real world texts and samples of student work to share a wealth of insights and practical strategies in teaching students the logic of argument. Whether arguments are streaming in through a Twitter feed, a Facebook wall, viral videos, internet memes, or links to other blogs or websites, Turner and Hicks will guide you—and your students— in how to engage with and create digital arguments.

The authors’ companion wiki provides all of the links to the web-based examples referenced in the book, as well as additional resources to support you as you implement instruction in digital arguments.

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Contents

Ch. 1: The Nature of Argument in a Digital World
Ch. 2: Analyzing Arguments That Are Born Digital
Ch. 3: The Moves of Argument in Web-Based Text
Ch. 4: The Moves of Argument in Infographics
Ch. 5: The Moves of Argument in Video
Ch. 6: The Moves of Argument in Social Media
Ch. 7: Coaching Students’ Work with Digital Arguments

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More than ever before, students need intelligent, compassionate conversational partners, because conversations—some of which are truly interactive and dialogic, and others that are didactic and one-sided—are happening all around them, all the time. Teaching our students to craft digital arguments is, again, more than a skill for college or career. It is a skill for life. Building off the synergies of Kristen’s work with argument (Turner 2005) and Troy’s work with digital writing, we will deconstruct both professional and student arguments to delve into exactly how digital writing is different from print writing. Moreover, we will argue that teaching the mode of argument in both print and digital media is not an either/or choice. Instead, this is what many would call a “both/and,” mainly because we know that crafting an argument through words is a necessary and complementary thinking process as students learn how to do the same in digital form.

As we move through the book, we will highlight how to teach these skills of digital argument so that students like Natalie can more adeptly consume the arguments they encounter and effectively produce their own arguments in the conversation that the Internet invites. Chapters 3 through 6 begin deconstructing the elements of argument in a variety of media, including blogs (Chapter 3), infographics (Chapter 4), videos (Chapter 5), and social media (Chapter 6). Each chapter will use the framework of declarative and procedural knowledge to break down the moves that digital writers make across these various forms of media. Chapter 7 will dig into assessment. Before we get to these ideas, though, Chapter 2 provides more background on the components of argument based in text, and how to connect those components to their digital equivalents.

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