Readings are Writings

Readings are Writings : A Guide to Reading and Writing Well

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Appropriate for introductory college-level courses in English Composition.

This reader explores the relationship inherent between writer and reader by emphasizing the connection between good reading and writing skills. Based on the idea that writing is genuine communication, the text presents four major types of writing that represent a progression from private to public discourse: Expressive Discourse is illustrated by Anecdote, Autobiographical Narrative, and Reflection; Affirming Discourse is illustrated by Opinion Essay, Position Paper, and Editorial; Persuasive Discourse is illustrated by Evaluation, Argument, and Proposal; and Informative Discourse is illustrated by Observation, Explanation, and Critical Analysis.
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  • Paperback | 471 pages
  • 210.82 x 274.32 x 30.48mm | 1,519.53g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130978825
  • 9780130978820

Table of contents


1. Reading as a Process.

To Make Papa Proud,Gregory H. Hemingway, M.D.

2. Writing as a Process of Reading and Revising Text.

Coral Reef, Elizabeth Eckert. Two, Chad Adams.


3. Reading Expressive Discourse: The Reader/Writer Relationship.

Anecdote: Laundry, Robert Fulghum.

Autobiographical Narrative: Conquering the Streets of Memphis, Richard Wright.

Reflection: The Perfect Picture, Alexander Thorn.

4. Writing Expressive Discourse.

First Goal, Rob Ness.

5. Further Expressive Readings.

Mother, Anne Dillard. Not Poor, Just Broke, Dick Gregory. Welcome to St. Paul's, Lorene Cary. Confessions of an Ex- Cheerleader, Louise Bernikow. The Eyes of Fear, Laurence Shames. Night Sounds, Matt Hilla s. Greater Victories, H. Galen. Boomer, Tim Clark. Fall, Todd Craig.


6. Reading Affirming Discourse: The Reader/Writer Relationship.

Opinion Essay: Haunted by the Inglorious Terrors of War, Donald Murray.

Position Paper: America: The Multinational Society, Ishmael Reed.

Editorial: Their Brutal Mirth, Anthony Lewis, and Death Watch, Anna Quindlen.

7. Writing Affirming Discourse.

The Joys and Rewards of Fishing, Edward Hardy.

8. Further Affirming Readings.

Blessings, Carol Spindel. Too Late to Say I'm Sorry, Joseph M. Queenan. The Male Manifesto, Andrew Kimbrell. Inaugural Address, William Jefferson Clinton. Women Divided: Family or Career, Ellen Goodman. Deep Within, Marliese Goehring. Please Open My Eyes, Jennifer Klinefelter. Cultural Literacy Hypocrisy, John W. Potter. Multiculturalism and Education: A Question of Perspective, Sally Clark.


9. Reading Persuasive Discourse: The Reader/Writer Relationship.

Evaluation: Free at Last, Andrea R. Vaucher.

Argument: Not by Condoms Alone: Society and the AIDS Epidemic, David R. Carlin Jr.

Proposal: A Proposal for a Multilingual America, Daniel Shanahan.

10. Writing Persuasive Discourse.

Supporting Community, Roxanne M. Carlone.

11. Further Persuasive Readings.

The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American, Jeff Smith. Teach Diversity - With a Smile, Barbara Ehrenreich. College Lectures: Is Anybody Listening, David Daniels. Two Teachers of Letters, Margaret Metzger and Clare Fox. Endicott College: Discover the Experience, College Viewbook. Optifast, Gwen Rumberg, Support the Children, Sara Carter, Minority Underrepresentation Among Police is Dangerous, Lonnie Martin. Dear Academic Committee, Pam Bombard.


12. Reading Informative Discourse: The Reader/Writer Relationship.

Observation: No News from Auschwitz, A.M. Rosenthal.

Explanation: Don't Just Stand There, Diane Cole.

Critical Analysis: Images of Relationship, Carol Gilligan.

13. Writing Informative Discourse.

Resident Assistant: A Comprehensive Job Description, Scott E. Bergeron.

14. Further Informative Readings.

The Psychopharmacology of Chocolate, Diane Ackerman. On Society as Organisms, Lewis Thomas. To the Other Side of Silence, Mary Field Belenky, Blythe McVicker Clinchy, Nancy Rule Goldberger, and Jill Mattuk Tarule. The H unger for the King in a Time with No Father, Robert Bly. Warming the Winter Hollow, Brian Ladewig. Diabetes: What They Might Not Have Told You, Heidi Pfau. Buying the Right Bicycle Helmet, Louis Carparelli. Environmentalism M atters, John Shepardson.


15. Writings About Reading from Our Professional Writers.

Reading is Subversive, Annie Dillard. Discovering Books, Richard Wright. Note on Punctuation, Lewis Thomas. Reading as a Reader, Donald Murray.

16. A Reading About Writing from One of Our Student Writers.

Lightening Strikes, Todd Craig.

17. Further Readings on Reading and Writing.

Coming to an Awareness of Language, Malcolm X. Desperation Writing, Peter Elbow. The Use of Human Language, Lawrence Langer. Quality, Robert Pirsig. Macbeth - Man or Mouse?, Heather Quarles. Reading, Tis a Wettach. The Amalgam of Teddy Bears Dancing on My Head, Brian Van Brunt.

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