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From the Back Cover

Literature: Reading to Write masterfully weaves together critical thinking skills,

writing, and reading instruction through the use of writing prompts, literary

selections, and intriguing discussion points. The book helps you transition from

being an active reader to a critical writer through a series of reading prompts and

unique writing exercises. This process helps you find meaning in a broader context

by forging connections between literature and your personal experiences.

The book includes an eclectic array of classic and contemporary voices in literature,

as well as sections devoted to newer genres, such as graphic novels. This interactive

approach develops the knowledge and confidence you need to write in your own

voice and to produce research papers and essays that are thought-provoking,

engaging, and authentic.


Literature: Reading to Write includes features designed to focus

on reading, critical thinking, and research writing



• A diverse, four-genre assortment of readings, handpicked by professors, includes

a variety of authors, such as Susan Glaspell, Tim O’Brien, and Lucille Clifton.

• Shorter mini-chapters introduce you to the writing/reading process and highlight

newer, appealing genres, such as comedy, horror, music, film, graphic novels, and

experimental literature.

• Integrated writing instruction is broken down into a step-by-step process that

analyzes each chapter reading.


Critical Thinking

• Biographical and contextual boxes are strategically placed next to selections to

illustrate historical and literary meaning.

• In a feature called Comparing Themes, you are asked to compare the same theme

in various works to develop your skills in comparative analysis.

• Three critical casebooks demonstrate argumentative and interpretive writing for

each genre.



• Model student papers appear in every chapter in Part II (Writing in Response to

Literature) to show progress in mastering and demonstrating the various writing


• Part IV on Research Writing comprehensively covers the entire research process

from brainstorming to citing sources.

• The book conforms to the MLA Guidelines that were updated in 2009.


About the Author

Dr. Elizabeth Howells is the director of composition at Atlantic Armstrong State University and is a dedicated and successful classroom teacher at an “average” university with an “average” student population.  The course proposed and textbook outlined here has been tested in her classroom and in the classrooms of various of her colleagues for over ten years at the college level.  Her work as a site director with the National Writing Project has also provided her opportunities to work with teachers and students at diverse levels.  Her Ph.D. training as a literature student and a compositionist influences her teaching and scholarship.  This textbook unites her teaching, research, and personal and professional selves.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205834302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205834303
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Strickland on October 19, 2011
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"` Tis the good reader that makes the good book . . . One must be an inventor to read well . . . There is then creative reading as well as creative writing. When the mind is braced by labor and invention, the page of whatever book we read becomes luminous with manifold allusion. Every sentence is doubly significant, and the sense of our author is as broad as the world." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Like Elizabeth Howells, when I teach composition studies to future teachers or even introduction to composition to young adults, one of my favorite assignments to give is a literacy history. I ask students to tell the story of their becoming literate through certain representative artifacts and their reflections on those examples-- what inspired them in their journeys to literacy and what challenged them, what opened their eyes and what might have closed the door.

"The stories they tell in these histories are of people, places, books, and ideas that moved them, compelled them to action, and ultimately shaped their identities. Students often testify to the works that got them excited about reading, that surprised them, intrigued them, con-fused them, and stuck with them. A variety of texts compete for our students' attention and multiple literacies are required to remain competitive and fluent today. But literature and narrative still have a place in our students' lives, whether Harry Potter or Hamlet, Stephen King or " Story of an Hour," Facebook or Faulkner," writes Howells in Literature: Reading to Write.

As a teacher, your classroom library can be a literacy history museum for today's students. It should includes works that already resonate with students and works that can speak to them with a little guidance.
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By Ricky G. Brown on April 14, 2015
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Ordered for my neice and she was well pleased with the book, Thanks
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By Ali Kadhim on February 25, 2015
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It was pretty clean and fast delivery
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