English 1301: Online Reader
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Abbey, Edward

The Right to Bear Arms


Alexie, Sherman

I Hated Tonto, Still Do

Superman and Me


Baumbach, Jonathan

The Pleasures of the Difficult

Author Bio


Bishop, Kyle

Bolick, Kate

Davis, J. Francis

            The Power of Images: Creating the Myths of our Time


Didion, Joan

Excerpts from Why I Write 


Dillard, Annie

This is Life


Dubner, Stephen J. and Levitt, Steven

Why Vote?


Campbell, Scot

Caputo, Philip

Carr, Nicholas

Garrelts, Nate

Harper, Stephen

Hughes, Langston

Kavanaugh, John

Idols of the Marketplace


Kilbourne, Jean

Jesus Is A Brand Of Jeans 


King Jr., Martin Luther

I Have A Dream

Letter From Birmingham Jail


Kirn, Walter

Levy, E. J.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking


Lopez, Antonio

Advertising Analysis

Media Analysis Fundamentals


Machiavelli, Niccolo.

Of Cruelty and Clemency, and Whether It Is Better To Be Loved or Feared


NPR: This I Believe Website Asterisks (*) denote essays that also include the audio reading by the author.

A Drive to Achieve the Extraordinary* Juliet Frerking

A Grown-Up Barbie* Jane Hamill

A Musician of Many Cultures* Yo-Yo Ma

A Priceless Lesson in Humility* Felipe Morales

Accomplishing Big Things in Small Pieces*  William Wissemann

Always Go To the Funeral* Deirdre Sullivan

Bus Chick’s Manifesto* Carla Saulter

Caring Makes Us Human * Troy Chapman

Celebrating Moments Sarah

Chocolate Cake is Better  Emma

Courage Comes with Practice*  Theresa MacPhail

Everything Happens for a Reason Randy

Free Minds and Hearts at Work* Jackie Robinson

Get Yourself a Tuba Bonnie

Giving Blood Richard

Inviting the World to Dinner* Jim Haynes

It's Never Too Early Mike

Life Is an Act of Literary Creation* Luis Alberto Urrea

Listening Is Powerful Medicine* Alicia M. Conill

Live Like It's Your Last Samantha

Our Lives Are Ephemeral* Dalia Sofer

Saying Thanks to My Ghosts* Amy Tan

Singing:  The Key to a Long Life* Brian Eno

The Art of Being a Neighbor* Eve Birch

The Beatles Live On* Macklin Levine

The Choice to Do It over Again* Daniel Flanagan

The Connection between Strangers* Miles Goodwin

The Kindness of Strangers* Daniel Ferri

The Power of Nagging John

There is No Such Thing as Too Much Barbecue* Jason Sheehan

Tomorrow Will Be A Better Day* Josh Rittenberg

What Is the Value of a Human Life* Kenneth Feinberg

Work Is a Blessing* Russel Honore


Orwell, George

Politics and the English Language

Why I Write


Paul, Pamela

Rauch, Jonathan

Rodriguez, Richard 

The Other America

White Noise 


Rosin, Hannah


Bierce, Ambrose

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

A Horseman in the Sky


Cather, Willa

Paul's Case

The Sculptor's Funeral


Chekhov, Anton

The Bet


Chin, YZ


Chopin, Katherine

Desiree's Baby

A Pair of Silk Stockings

The Storm

The Story of an Hour

Gilman, Charlotte Perkins

The Yellow Wallpaper


Glaspell, Susan

Jury of Her Peers, A


Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm.

Household Tales


Hawthorne, Nathaniel.

(Collected Writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne)

The Ambitious Guest

The Minister's Black Veil

Rappaccini’s Daughter

Young Goodman Brown


Henry, O.

The Ransom of Red Chief


Irving ,Washington.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow


Jackson, Shirley

The Lottery


Joyce, James

The Dead


Kafka, Franz

The Metamorphosis


London, Jack

To Build a Fire


de Maupassant, Guy.

The Necklace

Maugham, Somerset

                The Luncheon

Poe, Edgar Allan

The Cask of Amontillado

The Masque of the Red Death

The Tell-Tale Heart


Ross, James



Thurber, James

The Catbird Seat


White, E.B.

The Door


Williams, William Carlos

The Use of Force


Woolf, Virginia

The Mark On The Wall



Recommended websites: Poetry Foundation, The Poetry eServer Collection, Library of Congress: Poetry, Writing about Poetry: Purdue OWL


Angelou, Maya

Inaugural Poem


Arnold, Matthew

Dover Beach


Atwood, Margaret (Bio and other poems)

Blake, William


The Tiger


Brooks, Gwendolyn

One Wants A Teller In A Time Like This

The Crazy Woman

To Be In Love

We Real Cool


Browning, Robert

My Last Duchess


Browning, Elizabet Barrett

How do I Love Thee


Bukowski, Charles 

Cut While Shaving

Let It Enfold You


Burns, Robert

Address to the Toothache

The Red, Red Rose

To a Louse


Carrol, Lewis (Bio and more poems)

The Hunting of the Snark



Coleridge, Samuel Taylor (Bio and more poems)

Kubla Khan

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


Collins, Billy (Bio and other poems)

Introduction to Poetry

Man in Space

Snow Day



Cummings, E.E. (Bio and more poems)

anyone lived in a pretty how town

next to of course god america i...

Poem, Or Beauty Hurts Mr. Vinal

somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond


Dickinson, Emily.

I Felt a Funeral in My Brain

Because I Could Not Stop For Death


Eliot, T.S.

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock


Frost, Robert (Bio and other poems)

Acquainted with the Night

Fire and Ice

Out, Out–

The Road Not Taken

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening


Gallagher, Tess  (Bio and more poems)

Komunyakaa, Ysef  (Bio and more poems)

Merwin, W. S. (Bio and other poems)

Neruda, Pablo

The Dictators

If You Forget Me


Ondaatje, Michael

Pinsky, Robert (Bio and other poems)

Plath, Sylvia

The Colossus

Morning Song


Poe, Edgar Allan

Annabel Lee


The Bells

The City in the Sea


Soto, Gary



Yevtushenko, Yevgeny 

Babi Yar


Epistle to Neruda



Glaspell, Susan



Shakespeare, William



The Tempest


Writing: Styles, Tips, and Genres

    I.  General Writing Resources

A.   Online Writing Centers and Resources

       i.    Dartmouth Writing Program Handouts

       ii.   Guide to Grammar and Writing: Capital Community College

       iii.  George Mason Writing Center Resources

       iv.  Grammar Bytes (Chomp-chomp)

       v.    Purdue Online Writing Center Resources

       vi.  UNC Writing Center Handouts

B.   College Essays: Overview

       i.   College Writing

            a.   What is an Academic Paper?

            b.   Essays: Galladuet Univ

            c.   College Writing: UNC Writing Center

            d.   Plagiarism: Penn State         

       ii.  Essay Writing

             a. The Writing Process

                 i). Thinking Strategies and Writing Patterns

                 ii). Brainstorming

                      a). Freewriting

                      b). Clustering

                      c). Outlining

               iii.  Writing Anxiety: UNC Writing Center

     II.  Types of Essay/Methods of Development

A.   Argumentative Essays

i.   Argument: UNC Writing Center

ii.  Evidence: UNC Writing Center

B.   Cause-Effect Essays

C.   Classification-Analysis

D.   Definition Essays

       i.  Sample:  The Real Meaning of Honesty

       ii.  Sample:  This Thing Called Love

E.   Descriptive Essays

      i.    Writing Descriptions: Purdue OWL

F.   Evaluative Essays

G.   Examples (in essays) 

H.   Literature (writing about) 

i.    Writing About Literature (Fiction): UNC Writing Center

ii.   Literary Terms: Purdue OWL

I.    Narrative Essays

i.    Writing Narrative Personal Essays: eSSORTMENT

J.    A Guide to Writing Research Papers: MLA 


     III.  Parts of an Essay

      A.  Thesis Statement

            i.    Thesis Statements: UNC Writing Center

            ii.   Creating a Thesis Statement: Purdue OWL


      B. Paragraph Development

     i.    On Paragraphs

     ii.   Paragraph Development and Topic Sentences

     ii.   Cohesion and Coherence

     iii   Transitions 

     iv.  Introductions

          a.  Introductory Paragraphs:

     v.   Body Paragraphs

          a.  Essay Body Paragraphs 

     vi. Conclusions

          a.  Conclusions  UNC

          b.  Concluding Paragraphs: Capital Community College



IV.  Editing/Proofreading

A.   Deadly Sin Checklist

B.   Format Requirements

      V.  In-Class Essay Exams

  A.   Taking In-Class Essay Exams

VI.    Formal/Business Documents

A.  Agenda (for meetings) 

B.  Business Letter (format)