Mar 18, R. Jul 09, Nikki Wood rated it it was amazing. I loved this book. My son read it because he had to in high school, but I read it as an adult because I want to continue learning. And it worked. There were so many authors in this book that I have heard about, but I doubt I would have grabbed the opportunity to become familiar with their work.
Frederick Douglass comes to mind. I think it's so important for us to continue learning as we age, seeking out new experiences and expanding our view of the world. This was definitely a must read, especia I loved this book. This was definitely a must read, especially if a person is unlikely to read every author's work individually. Dec 26, Lauren rated it really liked it Shelves: I enjoy teaching from this book because of the variety of material and its compactness.
Most of the essays have a thematic mate within the text, so it's been easy when designing units that ask the students to compare styles, arguments, or the larger social implications of the material. In all, it's been a wonderful tool for teaching the finer points of expository analysis and composition to my students.
I definitely enjoyed the variety of issues touched upon in the essays therein; there are a great many perspectives provided in regards to these issues, many of which I hadn't thought of or considered before. It was this anthology that convinced me to give nonfiction and essays a chance for reading, and I haven't regretted it since.
Jul 20, Ider Bayar rated it really liked it. Very diverse selection of topics and writers. I especially enjoyed how many of the writers are each unique figures themselves, such as cripples, foreign citizens, suffragettes and minorities. This would be an excellent book for an English writing class.
Jun 08, Stella Maybury rated it really liked it. Excellent variety of essays. Science, history, personal memoirs, politics, and simply excellent literature are all here. Inevitable, predictable emphasis on race and gender, but high quality authors and works throughout. Great school lesson collection of essays that kept me thinking. Good representation across race, class, and gender makes this an insightful and enlightening collection. Wish the essays were organized in a more meaningful way, but this was a good primer to get me started on other authors and essays.
Created as an English study text for examples of different kinds of writing. Of course some of the essays are classic, some not so much. Dec 22, Sandra Orozco rated it liked it. Has some heavy topics. Pretty cool. Excellent choice of essays.
May 24, Donna Brown rated it really liked it. Oof AP English Language spoke to my soul. Mar 14, Calleen Petersen rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed many of the essays in this book. It expanded my think about several issues and cultures. Apr 12, Angela rated it it was amazing. Jun 13, Jeannie L rated it it was amazing. Excellent example for tutoring undergrad writing. Sep 05, EngIIrockz rated it it was amazing Shelves: teaching-resource.
Excellent teaching resource I used several of the articles in the anthology in a composition course I teach. It is well written, organized logically, and very informative. Nov 23, Dori Sabourin rated it really liked it. At the end of each essay, there are five guidelines for Discussion and Writing.
Dec 08, Ptreick rated it really liked it. I adopted this textbook for my developmental writing class. For this purpose, most of the essays will work wonderfully, and some just won't. This is truly a fantastic mix of essays - everything from Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" to James Baldwin's "Notes of a Native Son" to Sarah Vowell's "Shooting Dad" -- so the book could really be used for many purposes.
Many of these are classic essays that I've encountered as both a student and as a teacher -- but some were new to me, such as Nancy Mairs' I adopted this textbook for my developmental writing class. Many of these are classic essays that I've encountered as both a student and as a teacher -- but some were new to me, such as Nancy Mairs' "On Being a Cripple" -- an essay I'll recycle for a critical writing class.
My only criticism is with the variety of themes -- some fabulous work on education and gender and racial identity, but less so with hard-hitting prose on serious issues facing our world. The environmental essays included seemed "soft" to me, and I could have wished for some powerful essays dealing with issues such as crime and punishment, the legalization of recreational drugs, issues relating to gun control, etc.
Apr 21, Haydee Romero added it Shelves: reading-like-a-writer. To introduce her topic she paints a scene at the dentist and her uncontrollable tongue that is frustrating the dentist trying to finish a root canal. Her topic is language. My mouth watered as she described home cooked meals. The essay is written in Spanglish, which I believe makes her opinion and argument defending her language so powerful.
The passion she has for the topic is represented in her use of first person, it is not just facts it feels personal. I would use this piece as an example of using your home language to make a piece powerful.
Honestly, If you are a type of reader who enjoys short novels then I recommend this Book for you. This contains events that you've might experience or can relate to when reading. I am in the process of reading through this book as one of our class assignment and so far I've been impressed with each story I've read. One thing that I found interested about this book was the way each author had different topics or events but they all relate back to a time in their lives.
The tone they use are very Honestly, If you are a type of reader who enjoys short novels then I recommend this Book for you. The tone they use are very loud and clear, you will catch yourself having a conversations with the author. This deserves a 5 star because the stories this book carries will leave with thoughts, questions, and emotions. Jul 05, Emily rated it really liked it Recommends it for: teachers of expository writing.
Shelves: teaching. This turned out to be an excellent book to use for an expository writing class that's not exclusively focused on argumentative writing. There's a wide range of essays and authors, and they're all short enough that even freshmen won't balk at reading two of them for each class. The one thing that bothers me somewhat is that the pieces that are excerpted from books I've read generally don't represent the book very well--important information is missing--and sometimes don't make a lot of sense.
Ove This turned out to be an excellent book to use for an expository writing class that's not exclusively focused on argumentative writing. Overall, though, I'm pleased with this as a reader. It's generated some interesting class discussions. Sep 09, Hchavarria rated it it was amazing. It is my type of book actually because it is made up of short stories. I cannot read a whole book because of the fact that they are too long.
This book made up of many different stories that if one does not interest me the next one mite. Made up of many type of stories that all catch my attention. The reason of this being is that the stories they talk about are all about struggle and oppression. I am not finished and he only book I truly know about is the one we do our homework on every two days. I am not finished and still working on reading all the stories Dec 09, Christine Taylor rated it it was amazing.
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