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
• Integrated writing instruction is broken down into a step-by-step process that
analyzes each chapter reading.
• 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
• 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.