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Moving Beyond the Page: A Reader for Writing and Thinking Elpida Morfetas

Moving Beyond the Page: A Reader for Writing and Thinking

Elpida Morfetas

Published November 30th 2011
ISBN : 9780195439496
Paperback
440 pages
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Moving Beyond the Page is a pedagogically rich collection of nonfiction and fiction pieces designed to help students-particularly non-English majors at the college level-develop skills in literary analysis. The texts 40 selections-fiction andMoreMoving Beyond the Page is a pedagogically rich collection of nonfiction and fiction pieces designed to help students-particularly non-English majors at the college level-develop skills in literary analysis. The texts 40 selections-fiction and nonfiction in equal numbers-feature a broad spectrum of writers, from well known (Oscar Wilde) to lesser known (Karim Rashid), Canadian (Emily Carr) to international (Jorge Luis Borges), current (Joseph Boyden) to immortal (Tolstoy). Yet while the writers have been carefully chosen for their diversity of age, ethnicity, and social background, their writings relate through a number of common themes highlighted in an alternative table of contents. The thematic table of contents encourages students to make connections between fiction and nonfiction writings on such topics as poverty and debt, cultural and social pressure, sexual politics and gender, faith and spirituality, and the immigrant experience.Each of the books 40 selections is preceded by a set of tools designed to prepare readers for the essay or story they are about to encounter and help them connect to it on a personal level. These include a biocritical introduction to the author- a series of quotations by the author, which give some insight into his or her writing philosophy- and a short series of pre-reading questions that invite students to consider their own experience of events similar to those described in the selection. Following each selection is a lexicon of idioms and references that readers (especially EAL learners) may not be familiar with, as well as a glossary of the selections more challenging words, designed to build students vocabulary. Comprehension and analysis exercises challenge students grasp of the content and meaning of what they have read, while essay questions propose some topics for research or reader-response assignments. An end-of-book glossary-The Writers Toolbox-is a useful resource for information on literary terms and concepts such as atmosphere, irony, and metaphor.