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Introduction to Critical Reading

Introduction to Critical Reading - 6th edition

Introduction to Critical Reading - 6th edition

ISBN13: 9781413016215
ISBN10: 1413016219
Introduction to Critical Reading by Leah McCraney - ISBN 9781413016215
Edition: 6TH 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
International: No
Introduction to Critical Reading by Leah McCraney - ISBN 9781413016215
ISBN13: 9781413016215
ISBN10: 1413016219
Edition: 6TH 07
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This unique college reading text gives students experience reading and evaluating poetry, short stories, essays, and textbook chapters. An innovative Instructor's Manual gives instructors a wealth of teaching ideas and background material on each piece with a focus on critical thinking.

New to the Edition

  • Six new poems including selections by Li-Young Lee and Simon Ortiz.
  • Three new short stories from Ernest Hemingway, Alice Walker, and Sherman Alexie.
  • Four new essays from authors including Edward Koch and Judith Ortiz Cofer.
  • Updated textbook chapters in the history and business fields.


  • Seventy-six selections, chosen to help develop critical reading skills, provide students with a diverse range of both classic and contemporary authors, including Langston Hughes, Kristine Batey, Eudora Welty, Joyce Carol Oates, John Steinbeck, Amy Tan, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
  • Two textbook chapters from business and history present students with the types of readings they will encounter in their college courses.
  • The selections for each genre present a range of difficulty, permitting the instructor to choose selections appropriate to the abilities of his or her specific class.
  • The pedagogy for each section's exercises is found in the instructor's manual, not in the student text. The instructor's manual also contains an essay on teaching students to read textbook chapters, a detailed discussion on critical thinking, and transparency masters with examples of outlining.
  • The text contains footnote definitions of difficult words that are not defined in context. Explanatory notes on allusions to literature, history, and art are also included. The glossary includes definitions and examples of common literary and rhetorical devices.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Kristine Batey, Lot's Wife. Genesis 19:12-26. E. A. Robinson, Richard Cory. Alden Nowlan, Warren Pryor. Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken. Langston Hughes, I, Too, Harlem. Langston Hughes, Mother to Son. Robert Hayden, Those Winter Sundays. Roland Flint, Austere. Gary Soto, A Red Palm. Rita Dove, Daystar. Nikki Giovanni, Once a Lady Told Me. Simon Ortiz, My Father's Song. Andrew Hudgins, Elegy for My Father, Who Is Not Dead. Craig Raine, A Martian Sends a Postcard Home. George Macbeth, Bedtime Story. Donald Justice, Counting the Mad. Emily Dickinson, Much Madness is divinest sense. Four Poems from Spoon River Anthology, Edgar Lee Masters: Minerva Jones, 'Indignation' Jones, Doctor Meyers, Mrs. Meyers. Seamus Heaney, Digging. Marge Piercy, Barbie Doll. M. Carl Holman, Mr. Z. Howard Nemerov, The Vacuum. Alden Nowlan, Weakness. Adrienne Rich, Power. William Blake, The Chimney Sweeper from Songs of Innocence. William Blake, The Chimney Sweeper from Songs of Experience. Wilfred Owen, Dulce et Decorum Est. Robert Frost, Mending Wall. Cathy Song, Lost Sister. Li-Young Lee, Persimmons. Rita Dove, Parsley. W. H. Auden, The Unknown Citizen. Alastair Reid, Curiosity. Bob Hicok, What Would Freud Say? Robert Graves, The Naked and the Nude.


Katharine Brush, Birthday Party. Shirley Jackson, The Lottery. Ernest Hemingway, Hills Like White Elephants. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Harrison Bergeron. Jess Mowry, Crusader Rabbit. Zora Neale Hurston, The Gilded Six-Bits. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings. Ray Bradbury, The Veldt. Alice Walker, Everyday Use. Isaac Bashevis Singer, Gimple the Fool. Eudora Welty, A Worn Path. Tillie Olsen, I Stand Here Ironing. Andre Dubus, The Fat Girl. Joyce Carol Oates, Life After High School. Barbara Kingsolver, Islands on the Moon. Sherman Alexie, What You Pawn I Will Redeem. Gish Jen, What Means Switch. William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily. John Steinbeck, The Chrysanthemums.


Dick Gregory, Shame. Randall Williams, Daddy Tucked the Blanket. George Orwell, A Hanging. Edward Koch, Death and Justice. Amy Tan, Mother Tongue. Judith Ortiz Cofer, The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria. Kurt Wiesenfeld, Making the Grade. George Will, What is Child Pornography? Ann Coulter, Disgusting Doesn't Make It "Speech." Leonard Pitts, Should a Man Be Put in Jail for What He's Thinking? Cynthia Fox, Starved Out. Deborah Gregory, Heavy Judgment. Nancy Gibbs, When Is It Rape? Molly Ivins, Time for a Change on Drugs. Joseph A. Califano, Legalization Of Narcotics: Myths And Reality. Stephen Chapman, The Prisoner's Dilemma. D. Stanley Eitzen, Violent Crime: Myths, Facts, and Solutions. Bruce Hoffman, A Nasty Business. Darius Rejali, Torture's Allure and Effect.


Joseph R. Conlin, The Presidency in Crisis from The American Past: A Survey of American History. Louis E. Boone and David L. Kurtz, Social Responsibility and Business Ethics from Contemporary Business.