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Distinguished Bibliophile
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Since the writing room is closed...

I'll ask here:


I'm interested in suggestions for good books on rhetoric for early high school students. 


So, I'm not looking for 1400 pages explaining (amongst other things) why Marx was a brilliant rhetorician. 


One that I've found that seems like a nice starting point is "A Rulebook for Arguments" by Anthony Weston - '“to give an argument” means to offer a set of reasons or evidence in support of a conclusion. Here an argument is not simply a statement of certain views, and it is not simply a dispute. Arguments are efforts to support certain views with reasons.'

Just on the strength of that definition of an argument, I picked this one up - it's also only 90 pages long (meaning it's likely it'll get read.)


I wouldn't mind a book in similar spirit which has more examples - some relatively recent, some older - of well crafted argument, both in terms of prose style and of marshalling evidence.


One possible, except that the "really, you read this for business" stuff scattered throughout is "Thank you for arguing" by Jay Heinrichs, but I'd be interested in hearing what folks here think. 

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Re: Since the writing room is closed...

Although I have not read them, in her course "Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything," Professor Dorsey Armstrong of Purdue University recommends Everything's an Argument by Lunsford and Ruszkiewicz, and also Writing Arguments by Ramage, Bean and Johnson.

I hope this helps.