Author(s): Elizabeth McMahan, Susan X. Day, Robert Funk, Linda Coleman
Great literature is always thought provoking, always new – why not use it to improve students’ writing skills and sharpen critical thinking? Literature and the Writing Process combines an introductory anthology with detailed instruction in the writing process. By seamlessly integrating literature and composition into one multi-purpose text, the authors enable students to enjoy, understand, and learn from imaginative literature – and to write clearly and intelligently about what they have learned. Text writing assignments use literature as a tool of critical thought, a method for analysis, and a way of communicating ideas. Careful integration of rhetorical instruction with the critical study of literature guides students through the allied processes of analytical reading and argumentative writing. As a result, students learn how to write essays about the major features that are involved in interpreting short stories, poems, and plays.