Find readers that emphasize argumentative essays, even though
they may include some literature or other kinds of non-fiction.
In the past, finding such a reader has not been easy, but it's
getting easier: increasingly, Readers are including good argumentative
essays appropriate for the college level. Come by the Writing Program
Office in Bryan 322 where we have these and other titles for you
This company offers a feature particularly appealing for our themed
ENWR classes&endash;a database of articles which you can search
thematically. Go to www.mhhe.com/primis/online or call 1-800-962-9342
for a Primis service representative.
Also, they have three really helpful series all of which are in
included in the Primis Database.
1)The Taking Sides® volumes
present current issues in a debate-style format (pro and con essays)
designed to stimulate student interest and develop critical thinking
skills. Each issue is thoughtfully framed with an issue summary,
an issue introduction, and a postscript. Some themes include: Crime & Criminology,
Race & Ethnicity, Mass Media & Society, Legal Issues, Drugs & Society,
Educational Issues, and Human Sexuality to name just a few.
2)Each volume in the Sources series brings together over 40 selections
of enduring intellectual value&endash;classic articles, book
excerpts, and research studies&endash;that have shaped a discipline
of study. Edited for length and level, the selections are organized
topically around the major areas of study within the discipline.
Some themes include: American Government, Marriage and the Family,
Environmental Studies, Multicultural Education
3) The Annual Editions® volumes, each containing over 40 articles,
are designed to provide students with convenient, inexpensive access
to current, carefully selected articles from the public press.
They are updated on a regular basis through a continuous monitoring
of over 300 periodicals. Some themes include: Violence and Terrorism,
Education, World Religions, Criminal Justice, African American
Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company
They have an excellent series with historical and argumentative
essays called "Major Problems In" for example, Major
Problems in the History of American Workers. Other themes in this
series that would be great for ENWR include: Asian American History;
the History of American Sexuality; American Indian History; the
History of American Medicine & Public Health; American Religious
History; African American History; American Foreign Relations;
the History of the American South; Mexican American History; American
Immigration & Ethnic History; the Civil War & Reconstruction;
the History of American Technology; California History; the History
of the American West; American Sport History; American Women's
History; the History of the Vietnam War; American Urban History;
American Environmental History; and American Constitutional History.
Allyn & Bacon/Longman Publishing
Besides selling two Little Red Schoolhouse texts, The Craft of
Argument, by Gregory G. Colomb & Joseph M. Williams, and Style:
Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace, by Joseph M. Williams, Longman
has a "Literature and Culture Series" including the following
themed texts: Literature, Race, & Ethnicity: Contesting American
Identities; Literature, Class, & Culture: An Anthology; Literature & Gender:
Thinking Critically Through Fiction, Poetry, & Drama; Literature & the
Environment: A Reader on Nature & Culture; Popular Fiction:
An Anthology. While these texts are less argumentative, they do
have a section on argument, and would be useful if supplemented
with other more argumentative essays.
Several other readers have excellent selections of readings: Race,
Class, & Gender in a Diverse Society: A Text-Reader; Majority
and Minority: The Dynamics of Race & Ethnicity in American
Life; and Men's Lives. And Longman has helpful texts on teaching
film: Introduction to Film; Film Criticism; Film History; Film
Production, Motion Picture Industry; and A Short Guide to Writing
About Film (useful for explaining to students how to analyze and
write on film).
Prentice Hall Publishing
Publications with argumentative essays: Debating Points: Race & Ethnic
Relations (this text is organized by pro and con arguments around
an issue); Native American Voices: A Reader; Asian Americans: Experiences & Perspectives;
Contemporary Asian American Experience: Beyond the Model Minority;
Identity Matters: Rhetorics of Difference; Race & Ethnicity
in the United States; The Social Construction of Race & Ethnicity
in the United States; The Perennial Struggle: Race, Ethnicity, & Minority
Group Politics in the United States; American Lives, American Issues;
and Creating America: Reading & Writing Arguments.
Bedford, Freeman, & Worth College Publishers
Many of Bedford's themed readers are pitched at a reasonable level
for University of Virginia undergraduates&endash;smart, leading
articles in the field.
W.W. Norton & Company
Norton focuses more on literature than rhetoric&endash;these
readers may be useful: Reading the Environment; The Norton Book
of Nature Writing.
A Sample of Themed Course Readers
Remember, these are just a few samples of themed readers to spark
your thinking, go to the publishing sites above or come visit the
library in Bryan Hall 322 to learn more!
Maasik, Sonia and Jack Solomon. California Dreams and Realities.
New York: Bedford, 1999.
Theme: Popular Culture in the United States
Maasik, Sonia and Jack Solomon. Signs of Life in the USA, Readings
on Popular Culture for Writers. Boston: Bedford, 2000.
Hirschberg, Stuart and Terry Hirschberg. Everyday, Everywhere:
Global Perspectives on Popular Culture. New York: McGraw Hill,
O'Neill, Megan. Popular Culture: Perspectives for Readers and Writers.
New York: Thomson Learning, 2002.
Theme: Issues and Identities in American Culture
Colombo, Gary and Robert Cullen and Bonnie Lisle. ReReading America:
Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing. Fifth Edition.
Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2001.
Moser, Joyce and Ann Watters. Creating America: Reading and Writing
Arguments. Third edition. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2002 .
Newman, Robert S. American Lives, American Issues. New Jersey:
Prentice Hall, 2003.
Atwan, Robert and Jon Roberts. Left, Right, and Center: Voices
from Across the Political Spectrum. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins,
Theme: The Holocaust
Mitchell, Joseph R and Helen Buss. The Holocaust: Readings & Interpretations.
New York: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin, 2001.
Theme: The American Civil Rights Movement
D'Angelo, Raymond. The American Civil Rights Movement: Readings & Interpretations.
New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001.
Theme: Literacy including purpose of education, what it means to
be literate, cyberliteracy, world literacies
Belasco, Susan. Constructing Literacies: A Harcourt Reader for
College Writers. Heinle & Heinle, Boston. 2001.
Theme: Language (naming; gender & race issues; language acquisition;
language of advertising; technology and language)
Roberts, William H. and Gregoire Turgeon. About Language: A Reader
for Writers. Fifth Edition. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1998.