Digging in

Digging in : Literature for Developing Writers

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For Writing courses. Digging In provides developmental composition students with enjoyable, accessible poems, short stories and essays to help them develop their reading and writing skills. The text features Before Reading prompts to start students thinking about the topics and To Understand and To Write questions which follow the selections, as well as lists of Ideas for Writing that address the general theme of the chapter.show more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 137.2 x 208.3 x 12.7mm | 158.76g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0130493880
  • 9780130493880

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This book was written with the belief that teaching developmental composition with literature offers exciting possibilities for both students and instructors. Featuring poetry and short stories in addition to essays, DIGGING IN will engage your students like no other text. An introductory chapter on reading literature and a glossary following the last chapter give students all the resources they need to be successful. Most of the readings are contemporary, and the topics cover a broad extent of human experience. The chapters--Family History. GrowingUp/Growing Old, Learning and Teaching, The Emotional Side, Work and Dreams, and Issues/Positions--offer instructors an opportunity to teach within a theme. For each of the over 60 selections, the author has included: A short biography of the author. A Before Reading prompt. This prompt will start students thinking about the topic of the piece before they encounter the author's treatment of that topic, engaging them more thoroughly in the work. To Understand questions. Some of these test a student's basic understanding of what has happened in the piece. Others require more critical thinking and ask students to ponder particular parts or aspects of the work. To Write questions. These ask for personal responses to the literature. Ideas for Writing. These writing prompts address the general theme of the chapter (though not one particular work) and are meant to offer opportunities for formal paper writing.show more

Table of contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with an Ideas for Writing list.) 1. Reading Literature: A Brief Introduction. 2. Family History. Birthday Poem, Al Young. A Photo of Immigrants, 1903, Robert Wrigley. Picture Bride, Cathy Song. Powder, Tobias Wolff. My Father's Song, Simon Ortiz. Father, Gary Soto. Nikki-Rosa, Nikki Giovanni. Not Skin Deep-Heart Deep, Susan Straight. Driving Lessons, Neal Bowers. Catfish in the Bathtub, Maxine Hong Kingston. 3. Growing Up/Growing Old. My Oedipus Complex, Frank O'Connor. A Song in the Front Yard, Gwendolyn Brooks. Eleven, Sandra Cisneros. Death of the Right Fielder, Stuart Dybeck. Rite of Passage, Sharon Olds. The Chase, Annie Dillard, Nighttime Fires, Regina Barreca. Junk Mail, James Laughlin. The Woman Who Makes Swell Doughnuts, Toshio Mori. Henry Manley, Living Alone, Keeps Time, Maxine Kumin. Pricing, David Ignatow. 4. Learning and Teaching. You Go to School to Learn, Thomas Lux. Yuba City School, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Books, Dorianne Laux. The Sanctuary of School. Lynda Barry. Office Hour, Carol Lem. The Struggle to Be an American Girl, Elizabeth Wong. Manners, Elizabeth Bishop. Miss Hicks, William Saroyan. Advice I Wish Someone Had Given Me, Ann Darr. The Lesson, Toni Cade Bambara. 5. The Emotional Side. Marks, Linda Pastan. Homage to My Hips, Lucille Clifton. Daddy Tucked the Blanket, Randal Williams. Leslie in California, Andre Dubus. Oranges, Gary Soto. Paper Pills, Sherwood Anderson. Winter Love, Robert Wrigley. It's Over, Gerald W. Haslam. Loyal, William Mathews. Two on Two, Brian Doyle. 6. Work and Dreams. What Work Is, Philip Levine. Work, Paul Zimmer. The Witness, Katherine Anne Porter. The Case Against Chores, Jane Smiley. The Circuit, Francisco Jiminez. Cannery Town in August, Lorna Dee Cervantes. The Fisherwoman, David Ignatow. $100 and Nothing!, J. California Cooper. The Men We Carry in Our Minds, Scott Russell Sanders. To Work, Robert Wrigley. 7. Issues/Positions. Say Yes, Tobias Wolff. Beginning, Tim O'Brien. The Eye of the Beholder, Grace Suh. The Immigrants, Pat Mora. Mother Tongue, Amy Tan. Videotape, Don DeLillo. The Swimming Pool, Thomas Lux. Richard Cory, Edwin Arlington Robinson. Ethics, Linda Pastan. Traveling Through the Dark, William Stafford. Popular Mechanics, Raymond Carver. Glossary. Author and Title Index.show more

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