The combined forces of literature and argument are inspiring and empowering — literature liberates thinking, and argument disciplines it. Reading Literature and Writing Argument takes the approach that writing is valued when it makes readers think. It offers multi-genre reading experiences that immerse students in critical and creative thinking as they address problems and issues from multiple perspectives.
The authors encourage students to see language as a way to create meaning in their lives, and to see themselves as writers with a purpose and audience. By engaging with literature and applying the principles of argument, students practice the skills of analysis and evaluation and develop critical standards for judging ideas.