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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

Fiction

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

Tone


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

Zippo

 

Thurber, James

The Catbird Seat

 

White, E.B.

The Door

 

Williams, William Carlos

The Use of Force

 

Woolf, Virginia

The Mark On The Wall

 

Poetry

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

London

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

Jabberwocky

 

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

Workshop

 

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

Eldorado

The Bells

The City in the Sea

 

Soto, Gary

Oranges

 

Yevtushenko, Yevgeny 

Babi Yar

Memento

Epistle to Neruda

 

Drama

Glaspell, Susan

Trifles

 

Shakespeare, William

Hamlet

Macbeth

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)