The Streamlines series of brief, inexpensive single-theme readers is designed to help students write increasingly thoughtful, analytic essays as their understanding of a subject grows. The Natural World offers extended exploration of environmental issues and includes an introduction to the topic, headnotes, questions, and writing assignments. The reader begins with an introduction to the variety of issues surrounding "nature," to the collected essayists' approaches to these issues, and to possible student approaches.
Introduction Lorna Dee Cervantes, Emplumada (poem) 1. The Experience of Nature Jon Krakauer, The Khumbu Icefall Gretel Ehrlich, The Solace of Open Spaces Barry Lopez, The Stone Horse Annie Dillard, Total Eclipse 2. Nature and the Scientific Mind Stephen Jay Gould, Evolution as Fact and Theory Farley Mowat, Learning to See Terry Tempest Williams, The Clan of One-Breasted Women 3. Environmental Issues: Protection and Preservation Aldo Leopold, Thinking Like a Mountain Rachel Carson, The Obligation to Endure Dian Fossey, Decimation by Poachers Lindsey Munro, Dian Fossey and Me (student essay) 4. Nature and the Philosophical Imagination Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature Henry David Thoreau, Walking Gary Snyder, The Etiquette of Freedom Ursula K. Le Guin, She Unnames Them Kathleen Norris, Sea Change Connections: Topics for Thought, Research, and Writing