Reading Literature and Writing Argument / Edition 3

Reading Literature and Writing Argument / Edition 3

by Missy James, Alan Merickel, Alan Merickel, Alan P. Merickel

ISBN-10: 0132248840

ISBN-13: 9780132248846

Pub. Date: 03/06/2007

Publisher: Prentice Hall

Combining the elements of argument with imaginative literature, this anthology features a critical thinking, analytical approach that readers in turn will apply to their own thought and writing processes. It introduces and explains the tools of argument, and presents reading selections centered on four enduring themes—Individual and Community, Nature and…  See more details below


Combining the elements of argument with imaginative literature, this anthology features a critical thinking, analytical approach that readers in turn will apply to their own thought and writing processes. It introduces and explains the tools of argument, and presents reading selections centered on four enduring themes—Individual and Community, Nature and Place, Family and Identity, and Power and Responsibility. The diverse selection of readings includes stories; poems; plays; and essays. For individuals who want to improve their critical thinking, reasoning, and writing skills.

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Table of Contents

1. Reading to Explore and Examine.
Explore. Examine. Argument Structure.


Truer to the Game, Randy Horick. Cold Before Dawn, Kenneth Rexroth. In a Station at the Metro, Ezra Pound. London, William Blake.



Audience Appeal and Tone.


Federico's Ghost, Martin Espada.


Sonnet 18, William Shakespeare.


Sonnet 130, William Shakespeare. Girl, Jamaica Kincaid.

Rogerian Argument Structure.

For de Lawd, Lucille Clifton. New World, N. Scott Momaday.
Chapter Activities.

Those Winter Sundays, Robert Hayden. Dulce Et Decorum Est, Wilfred Owen.
2. Writing to Evaluate and Articulate.

Inductive Reasoning.

The Fallacy of Hasty Generalization.

From Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare. From The Crucible, Arthur Miller.

Deductive Reasoning.

Ozymandias, Percy Bysshe Shelley.

From Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sample Student Essays. Yes, the Future Is Bright, but the Moment Is Hell, Shawn Mullin. Perspective on Men, Daphne Beckham.

Four-Part Written Exploration and Articulation.

Student Samples.

Super-Size It! Lisa Colletti. Who Are the Victims of Alcoholism? Meredith Newman Blanco.
Chapter Activities.

Rodeo, Jane Martin. The World Is Too Much with Us, William Wordsworth. To Be of Use, Marge Piercy. After Work, Gary Snyder.
3. Individuality and Community.
Prewriting and Discussion. Readings.


Desiree's Baby, Kate Chopin. The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky, Stephen Crane. The Red Convertible, Louise Erdrich. Ranch Girl, Maile Meloy. On the Rainy River, Tim O'Brien. From Bodega Dreams, Ernesto Quinonez. Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut.


The Reservation Cab Driver, Sherman Alexie. Burning Dreams On the Sun, Michael Cleary. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, T.S. Eliot. Ella, in a Square Apron, Along Highway 80, Judy Grahn. Passing, Langston Hughes. Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane, Etheridge Knight. Outcast, Claude McKay. In Response to Executive Order 9066, Dwight Okita. Richard Cory, E. A. Robinson. The Lost Romans, Muriel Rukeyser. Lost Sister, Cathy Song. Crazy Courage, Alma Luz Villanueva.


Antigone, Sophocles.


The Train from Hate, John Hope Franklin. Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr. From Crito, Plato. The Chinese in All of Us, Richard Rodriguez. Frank Chin, Studs Terkel. Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau.
Chapter Activities.
4. Nature and Place.
Prewriting and Discussion.



Antlers, Rick Bass. The Slaughter of the Pigeons, from Pioneers, James Fenimore Cooper. A Blizzard under Blue Sky, Pam Houston. A White Heron, Sarah Orne Jewett. May's Lion, Ursula K. Le Guin. To Build a Fire, Jack London. The Man to Send the Rain Clouds, Leslie Marmon Silko. A Worn Path, Eudora Welty. Kew Gardens, Virginia Woolf.


For de Lawd, Lucille Clifton. Deer Among Cattle, James Dickey. Dulcimer Maker, Carolyn Forché. A Young Birch, Robert Frost. Heartland, Linda Hogan. Saint Francis and the Sow, Galway Kinnell. The Victors, Denise Levertov. The Panther, Rainer Maria Rilke. Meditation at Oyster River, Theodore Roethke. Rolling Naked in the Morning Dew, Pattiann Rogers. Chicago, Carl Sandburg. The Fury of Flowers and Worms, Anne Sexton. The Call of the Wild, Gary Snyder. Traveling Through the Dark, William Stafford. Excerpts from Audubon, Robert Penn Warren. Song of Myself, 14, Walt Whitman. Song of Myself, 31, Walt Whitman. To My Sister, William Wordsworth. A Blessing, James Wright.


The Heat of Noon: Rock and Tree and Cloud, from Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey. The Obligation to Endure, from Silent Spring, Rachel Carson. The Present, Chapter Excerpt from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard. Excerpts from Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Time and the Machine, from The Olive Tree, Aldous Huxley. Thinking Like a Mountain, Aldo Leopold. Against Nature, Joyce Carol Oates. Excerpt from The Way to Rainy Mountain, N. Scott Momaday. Solitude, from Walden, Henry David Thoreau. The Place Where I Was Born, Alice Walker.
Chapter Activities.
5. Family and Identity.
Prewriting and Discussion.



The Storm, Kate Chopin. Too Much His Father's Son, Genaro Gonzalez. Safe. Cherylene Lee. A Father, Bharati Mukherjee. A Red Sweater, Fae Myenne Ng. A Conversation with My Father, Grace Paley. Red Moccasins, Susan Power. Separating, John Updike. Everyday Use. Alice Walker.


The Mother, Gwendolyn Brooks. Mothers, Nikki Giovanni. The Ruined Maid, Thomas Hardy. Digging, Seamus Heaney. Advice to My Son, Peter Meinke. Arabic Coffee, Naomi Shibab Nye. I Go Back to May, 1937, Sharon Olds. The Black Walnut Tree, Mary Oliver. Ballad of Birmingham, Dudley Randall. Aunt Jennifer's Tigers, Adrienne Rich. Cinderella, Anne Sexton. Not Leaving the House, Gary Snyder. The Continuous Life, Mark Strand. Lineage, Margaret Walker. The Writer, Richard Wilbur.


On Tidy Endings, Harvey Fierstein.


Divorce and Our National Values, Peter D. Kramer. The Inheritance of Values, Pauli Murray. The Men We Carry in Our Minds, Scott Russell Sanders. Frankenstein's Daughter, Harper Stevens.
Chapter Activities.
6. Power and Responsibility.
Prewriting and Discussion.



The Lesson, Toni Cade Bambara. Cathedral, Raymond Carver. The Book of the Dead, Edwidge Danticat. Terminal, Nadine Gordimer. The Maypole of Merry Mount, Nathaniel Hawthorne. Bartleby the Scrivener, Herman Melville. The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien. Spanish Roulette, Ed Vega.


The Boy Died in My Alley, Gwendolyn Brooks. Bully, Martin Espada. The Colonel, Carolyn Forché. Mending Wall, Robert Frost. The Laws of God, the Laws of Man, A. E. Houseman. Theme for English B, Langston Hughes. Everything That Acts Is Actual, Denise Levertov. Casual Wear, James Merrill. When I Consider How My Light Is Spent, John Milton. Famous, Naomi Shihab Nye. The Promise, Sharon Olds. Ethics, Linda Pastan.


Inaugural Address, John F. Kennedy. A Hanging, George Orwell. Letter to Dr. Ross, Katherine Anne Porter. Religion and Animal Rights, Tom Regan. From Native Son, Richard Wright.
Chapter Activities.


A. Notes on the Writing Process.
Clarifying a Subject, Purpose, and Audience. Organizing a Longer, Research-Based Argument Paper. Claims of Fact, Value, and Policy. Appeals to Ethos, Logos, and Pathos. Counterarguments, Concessions, and Refutations. The Rogerian Argument. Sample Student Essay.
B. Documenting Your Sources.
C. Glossary.
D. Authors' Biographical Notes.
Index to Authors and Titles.

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