Reading Literature and Writing Argument

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  • Copyright: 2012-10-01
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Based on the assumption that writing is valued only when it makes readers think, this anthology combines the content of literature and argument texts into one easy to use book. Reading Literature and Writing Argument provides students with multi-genre reading experiences designed to immerse them in critical and creative thinking as they address problems and issues from multiple perspectives. This book also prompts students to see language as a way to create meaning in their lives and to see themselves as writers with a purpose and an audience.

Table of Contents

1 The Literature and Argument Connection Practicing Critical Inquiry and Expanding Thinking  
Academic Argument and Critical Inquiry
 Reading to Expand Thinking 
Raymond Carver, from “Cathedral” 
Lucille Clifton, “For deLawd”  
Marge Piercy, “To Be of Use” 
Jane Martin, “Rodeo”


2 Examining Thinking and Analyzing Argument 
Examining Thinking 
William Shakespeare, from Romeo and Juliet
Arthur Miller, from The Crucible 16 
Logical Fallacies Activities
Analyzing Argument 
 Randy Horick, “Truer to the Game”
Kenneth Rexroth, “Cold before Dawn”
Ezra Pound, “In a Station of the Metro”
William Blake, “London”
Evidence Assumptions 
Audience Appeal and Tone: Pathos, Logos, Ethos 
Martín Espada, “Federico’s Ghost”
William Shakespeare, “Sonnet 18”
William Shakespeare, “Sonnet 130”
Jamaica Kincaid, “Girl” 
Robert Hayden, “Those Winter Sundays”
Wilfred Owen, “Dulce Et Decorum Est”
Robert Crumb, “A Short History of America”
Paul Madonna, “All Over Coffee” 

3 Talking Voice and Writing Arguments 
Voice and Writing in College
Basic Tasks for Writing Arguments
Personal Perspective Arguments 
Shawn Mullin, “Yes, the Future Looks Bright, but the Moment Is Hell”
Daphne Beckham, “Perspective on Men” 
Research-Based Arguments 
Meredith Newman Blanco, “Who Are the Real Victims of Alcoholism?”
Lisa Colletti, “Super-Size It!” 


4 Strategies for Writing Academic Arguments 
Clarifying a Subject, Purpose, and Audience
Basic Tools for Designing Your Argument 
The Heart of an Argument Is Its Claim: Claims of Fact, Value, and Policy— Which Type of Claim Is Best for Your Argument?
The Body of an Argument Is Its Evidence
Appeals to Ethos, Logos, Pathos
Rhetorical Context
Counterarguments: Concessions and Refutations 
Strategy Questions for Organizing Your Argument Essay 
Argument Outline
Annotated Student Essay 
Rogerian Argument: Creative Problem Solving
Rogerian Argument Organizational Plan
Annotated Student Essay 
Sample Student Collaboration Writing Project 
The Final Product 
Working with Sources 
Using Electronic Sources
Avoiding Plagiarism when Note-Taking
Documentation Systems
The Preliminary Bibliography
The Annotated Bibliography 
Creating a Draft 
Writing a Thesis/Claim Statement 
From Claim to Outline to Draft 
Incorporating Sources 
Paraphrasing and Summarizing
Direct Quotations 
In-Text Parenthetical Citations 
Print Sources 88 Electronic Sources 
The Works Cited Page 
Activity: Try It Yourself—Finding Ideas and Planning an Academic Argument

5 Reading Arguments and Practicing Analysis

Steve Novella, M.D., “More Evidence of the Safety and Effectiveness of Vaccines”

Dalton Conley, “When Roommates were Random”  
Susanne Lundin, “The Great Organ Bazaar”   
Star Lara, “Female Troops Hampered by Combat Policy”  
Pauline Jelinek, “Military Commission: Lift Ban, Allow Women in Combat”  
Anna Salleh, “Artificial Life Reseearch Triggers Concerns”  
Visual Argument   
Sherman Alexie, “The Facebook Sonnet”  
J. G. Ballard, “The subliminal Man”   
Student Essays: Christian Garcia, “A Bull’s Life”  
Jeff Smith, “The Power of Inaction”



6 Individuality and Community

Visual Argument  Marat’s Death
Fiction  Louise Erdrich, “The Red Convertible”
Edward P. Jones, “The Store”
Randall Kenan, “The Foundations of the Earth”
Maile Meloy, “Ranch Girl”
Ernesto Quinon ~ez, from Bodega Dreams
Sherman Alexie, “The Reservation Cab Driver”
Michael Cleary, “Burning Dreams on the Sun”
Countee Cullen, “Incident”
Emily Dickinson, “Much madness is divinest sense” 
T. S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
Jack Gilbert, “Trying to Sleep”
Judy Grahn, “Ella, in a square apron, along Highway 80”
Etheridge Knight, “Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane”
Don Marquis, “the lesson of the moth”
Claude McKay, “Outcast”
Dwight Okita, “In Response to Executive Order 9066”
Mary Oliver, “Wild Geese”
Edwin Arlington Robinson, “Richard Cory”
Muriel Rukeyser, “The Lost Romans”
Cathy Song, “Lost Sister” 
Gary Soto, “Mexicans Begin Jogging”
Wallace Stevens, “Disillusionment at Ten O’Clock”
Alma Luz Villanueva, “Crazy Courage”
Walt Whitman, “I Saw in Louisiana a Live-Oak Growing”
Luis Valdez, Los Vendidos
Sherman Alexie, “Superman and Me”
John Hope Franklin, “The Train from Hate”
Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter from Birmingham Jail”
Plato, from Crito
Richard Rodriguez, “The Chinese in All of Us”
Fred Setterberg, “The Usual Story”
Jonathan Swift, “A Modest Proposal”
Henry David Thoreau, “Civil Disobedience” 
Chapter Activities and Topics for Writing Arguments
Global Perspectives Research/Writing Topics
Collaboration Activity: Creating a Rogerian Argument
Making Connections 

7 Nature and Place

Visual Argument  Man’s Place in Nature
Rick Bass, “Antlers”
Pam Houston, “A Blizzard under Blue Sky”
Jack London, “To Build a Fire”
Leslie Marmon Silko, “The Man to Send Rain Clouds”
Eudora Welty, “A Worn Path”
Lucille Clifton, “For deLawd”
James Dickey, “Deer among Cattle” 
Carolyn Forché, “Dulcimer Maker” 
Robert Frost, “A Young Birch” 
Linda Hogan, “Heartland” 
Galway Kinnell, “Saint Francis and the Sow” 
Denise Levertov, “The Victors” 
Rainer Maria Rilke, “The Panther” 
Theodore Roethke, “Meditation at Oyster River” 
Pattiann Rogers, “Rolling Naked in the Morning Dew” 
Carl Sandburg, “Chicago” 
Anne Sexton, “The Fury of Flowers and Worms” 
Gary Snyder, “The Call of the Wild” 
William Stafford, “Traveling through the Dark” 
Walt Whitman, Song of Myself, “ 14” 
Walt Whitman, Song of Myself, “ 31” 
William Wordsworth, “To My Sister” 
James Wright, “A Blessing”
Edward Abbey, “Eco-Defense” 
Rachel Carson, “The Obligation to Endure,” from Silent Spring 
Annie Dillard, from “The Present,” in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Temple Grandin, from “Wildlife,” in Animals Make Us Human 
Aldous Huxley, “Time and the Machine,” from The Olive Tree 
Verlyn Klinkenborg, “At the Edge of the Visible”
Aldo Leopold, “Thinking Like a Mountain” 
N. Scott Momaday, from The Way to Rainy Mountain
Janisse Ray, “Forest Beloved,” from Ecology of a Cracker Childhood
Henry David Thoreau, “Solitude,” from Walden 
Chapter Activities and Topics for Writing Arguments
Global Perspectives Research/Writing Topics
Collaboration Activity: Creating a Rogerian Argument
Making Connections 

8 Family and Identity

Visual Argument Family Photo
Kate Chopin, “The Storm” 
Lydia Davis, “Break It Down” 
Ernest Hemingway, “Hills Like White Elephants” 
Grace Paley, “A Conversation with My Father” 
John Updike, “Separating” 
Alice Walker, “Everyday Use” 
Anne Bradstreet, “To My Dear and Loving Husband”
Gwendolyn Brooks, “The Mother”
Gwendolyn Brooks, “Ulysses”
Michael Cleary, “Boss’s Son”
Gregory Corso, “Marriage”
Nikki Giovanni, “Mothers”
Thomas Hardy, “The Ruined Maid”
Seamus Heaney, “Digging”
Peter Meinke, “Advice to My Son”
Naomi Shihab Nye, “Arabic Coffee” 
Sharon Olds, “I Go Back to May, 1937” 
Mary Oliver, “The Black Walnut Tree”
Dudley Randall, “Ballad of Birmingham”
Adrienne Rich, “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers”
Adrienne Rich, “Delta”
Anne Sexton, “Cinderella”
Gary Snyder, “Not Leaving the House”
Mark Strand, “The Continuous Life”
Margaret Walker, “Lineage”
Richard Wilbur, “The Writer” 
Harvey Fierstein, On Tidy Endings 
Sullivan Ballou, “Major Sullivan Ballou’s Last Letter to His Wife” 
Robin D. G. Kelley, “The People in Me” 
Scott Russell Sanders, “The Men We Carry in Our Minds” 
Amy Schalet, “The Sleepover Question”

Chapter Activities and Topics for Writing Arguments 
Global Perspectives Research/Writing Topics
Collaboration Activity: Creating a Rogerian Argument
Making Connections


9 Power and Responsibility 
Visual Argument Spider Man

Raymond Carver, “Cathedral”

Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Birth-Mark” 
Tim O’Brien, “The Things They Carried” 
Brady Udall, “He Becomes Deeply and Famously Drunk” 
Ed Vega, “Spanish Roulette” 
Gwendolyn Brooks, “The Boy Died in My Alley” 
Martín Espada, “Bully” 
Carolyn Forché, “The Colonel” 
Robert Frost, “Mending Wall” 
Langston Hughes, “Democracy” 
Langston Hughes, “Theme for English B” 
Claude McKay, “America” 
James Merrill, “Casual Wear” 
Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Apostrophe to Man” 
John Milton, “When I Consider How My Light Is Spent” 
Naomi Shihab Nye, “Famous” 
Sharon Olds, “The Promise” 
Linda Pastan, “Ethics” 
Public Enemy, “Fight the Power”
Walt Whitman, “Beat! Beat! Drums!”
Francis Bacon, “Of Revenge”
Cochise, “[I am alone]”
John Crawford, “Lies” from “The Last True Story I’ll Ever Tell”
Alex Epstein and Yaron Brook, “The Evil of Animal ‘Rights’”
Allan Gurganus, “Captive Audience”
John F. Kennedy, “Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961”
Abraham Lincoln,“Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865”
George Orwell, “A Hanging”
Katherine Anne Porter, “To Dr. William Ross”
Frank Schaeffer and John Schaeffer, “My Son the Marine?” from Keeping Faith: A Father-Son Story about Love and the U.S. Marine Corps
Suzanne Winckler, “A Savage Life”
Richard Wright, from Black Boy 
Chapter Activities and Topics for Writing Arguments
Global Perspectives Research/Writing Topics
Collaboration Activity: Creating a Rogerian Argument
Making Connections 
Authors’ Biographical Notes 
Text Credits 
Author/Title Index 
Subject Index


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