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- Beginning Debate
by William H. Bennett
BEGINNING DEBATE is for students just starting to learn debate. Each chapter takes the reader step-by-step from an introduction of what debate is to what iut takes to win at the novice and junior varsity level.
This new edition is not tied to any specific topic, you can use it with any topic or class. This newest edition has 18 chapters, simple short text, and 50 learning experiences. BEGINNING DEBATE includes quizzes, puzzles, word search, discussion questions, worksheets, and more. "How to" advice is integrated into every chaptewr. Reviewers describe the text as "magnificent" and "the best book ever offered for an introductory" student.
Chapters include (1) Why Debate, (2) Analyzing Debate, (3) Crucial Ideas, (4) Rules and Speaker Duties, (5) Learning To Research,... (7) Writing Your Case...(10) Voting Issues, and much more.
- Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion
by Jay Heinrichs
Thank You for Arguing is your master class in the art of persuasion, taught by professors ranging from Bart Simpson to Winston Churchill. The time-tested secrets the book discloses include Cicero’s three-step strategy for moving an audience to actionÑas well as Honest Abe’s Shameless Trick of lowering an audience’s expectations by pretending to be unpolished. But it’s also replete with contemporary techniques such as politicians’ use of “code” language to appeal to specific groups and an eye-opening assortment of popular-culture dodges, including:
The Eddie Haskell Ploy
Eminem’s Rules of Decorum
The Belushi Paradigm
Stalin’s Timing Secret
The Yoda Technique
Whether you’re an inveterate lover of language books or just want to win a lot more anger-free arguments on the page, at the podium, or over a beer, Thank You for Arguing is for you. Written by one of today’s most popular online language mavens, it’s warm, witty, erudite, and truly enlightening. It not only teaches you how to recognize a paralipsis and a chiasmus when you hear them, but also how to wield such handy and persuasive weapons the next time you really, really want to get your own way.