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4.0 out of 5 stars From a Teacher, April 29, 2004
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This review is from: Ways of Reading: An Anthology for Writers (Paperback)
I have used this book to teach a freshman writing and reading course at a liberal arts school. Because of the difficulty of many of the texts, it was met by my students with little fanfare. While a few of the pieces are clearly too much for the average freshman (Foucault comes first to mind), most can be used effectively to get them to discuss issues. I have found that the students would rather talk in generals and universals than with the intricate arguments that some of the writers brilliantly present.
This is one of the those books that if you decide to use it in a class, then you better be prepared to not only sink with the ship but also be able to provide an inspiring tour of the ruins.
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Initial post: Apr 26, 2010 8:57:23 PM PDT
If this book is really so difficult, how did we manage to use it successfully in my Senior English class?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2012 3:51:43 PM PDT
Stanley, well put. I'm a retired professor, and I used this book for my Freshman composition classes. The texts can be challenging and require students to do some deeper level thinking, but they are accessible, even for high school students--point well made. I'm pleased that you used this text in your college class. I'm sure it was good preparation for freshman composition.
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