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Fiction/Non Fiction: Includes 2009 MLA update card, 2nd Edition

By Engkent/Engkent
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Soft Cover
480 pages
ISBN-10: 0176414150
ISBN-13: 9780176414153
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 2nd

Fiction/Non-Fiction: A Reader and Rhetoric acquaints students with the basic principles of good writing and is organized in three parts: Part One discusses elements of fiction and includes 25 readings; Part Two discusses elements of non-fiction and contains 25 selections; Part Three provides an overview of important writing principles, including research, documentation, and common grammar problems.


  • *NEW* More than half of readings in �Part 2 � Non-Fiction� are new.
  • *NEW* �Part 3 � Writing Essays� now contains more model student essays and an expanded discussion of documentation.
  • *NEW* Students receive free, unlimited access for 4 months to InfoTrac® College Edition � a world-class online university library that offers the full text articles from over 5000 scholarly and popular publications, updated daily and spanning up to 20 years.
  • *NEW* The Instructor Manual offers a wealth of invaluable resources including additional notes on readings, teaching suggestions, reading summaries, grammar and vocabulary exercises, sample answers for reading comprehension questions, additional model paragraphs and essays, and exercises targeted specifically to ESL students. Many pages have been formatted specifically to allow for easy duplication, giving instructors the option to create handouts or transparencies.
  • *NEW* Nearly 1/3 of the readings in �Part 1 � Fiction� are new.
  • The fiction section (Part 1) contains 25 short stories to provide instructors with variety in length, theme, and complexity so they can chose selections based on the specific needs, interests, and abilities of their students.
  • Canadians have penned the majority of short stories - some are recognizable classics written by well-known authors while others, written by relatively unknown authors, introduce new voices and perspectives.
  • The 25 selections in the non-fiction section (Part 2) have been taken from varied sources including newspapers, personal essays, and books. They explore topics of interest to students while illustrating a variety of writing strategies such as argumentation, process, definition, and compare/contrast.
  • All 50 reading selections are accompanied by helpful notes, comprehension and discussion questions, a review of literary techniques, and suggestions for writing assignments.
  • To help students that have English as a second language, the authors have included notes to explain aspects of language and culture contained in certain selections.
  • Suggested groupings of fiction and non-fiction readings that deal with specific themes (Aboriginal People, the Immigrant Experience, Sports, and Technology for example) have been provided.
  • The text concludes with a section on writing essays (Part 3) that offers a comprehensive review of the writing process and addresses common writing problems.
  • Topics within Part 3 are discussed independently of one another allowing instructors the freedom to assign chapters based on specific student needs or challenges.

Table of Contents

  • Part One: Reading Fiction
  • ?A Girls Story? David Arnason
  • ?The Fun They Had? Isaac Asimov
  • ?Greasy Lake? T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • ?All the Years of Her Life? Morley Callaghan
  • ??Mr. Truepennys Book Emporium and Gallery? Charles de Lint
  • ?Chickens for Christmas? Garry Engkent
  • ?The Cowherd? a Chinese folktale, retold by Garry Engkent
  • ?The Moose and the Sparrow? Hugh Garner
  • ?The Immaculate Conception Photography Gallery? Katherine Govier
  • ?Stolen Chocolates? Ursala Hegi
  • ?So What Are You, Anyway?? Lawrence Hill
  • ?The Lottery? Shirley Jackson
  • ?Generation Y? Nancy Kilpatrick
  • ?Girl? Jamaica Kincaid
  • ?The Loons? Margaret Laurence
  • ?How We Kept Mothers Day? Stephen Leacock
  • ?The Prodigal Son? Luke 15:11-32
  • ?The Ant and the Grasshopper? W. Somerset Maugham
  • ?An Ounce of Cure? Alice Munro
  • ?One Rejection Too Many? Patricia Nurse
  • ?The Man I Killed? Tim OBrien
  • ?The Cask of Amontillado? Edgar Allan Poe
  • ?Lifeguard? Barbara Scott
  • ?The Lady or the Tiger? Frank R. Stockton
  • ?Sedna, The Witch Under the Sea? Marion Wood
  • Part Two: Reading Non-Fiction
  • ?The Mathematics of Relationships? Robert Arnason
  • ?Where Do Children Play?? Deborah Banks
  • ?Grey Owls Magnificent Masquerade? John Barber
  • ?Truth and Consequence? Brian Bethune
  • ?Toothpaste? David Bodanis
  • ?Growing Up on Grace? Rosie DiManno
  • ?The Pattern of Eating? Peter Farb and George Armelagos
  • ?A Cell of our Own Making? Moira Farr
  • ?Dont You Think Its Time to Start Thinking?? Northrop Frye
  • ?No Offence? Curtis Gillespie
  • ?No Idol Industry Here? Charlotte Gray
  • ?Once Upon a Time, A Story Meant Survival? Jay Ingram
  • ?Of Weirdos and Eccentrics? Pico Iyer
  • ?Mess Up Your Kids Education in 10 Easy Steps? Donna Kerrigan
  • ?Toxic Culture Syndrome? Kalle Lasn
  • ?Techno Dummies Need Not Suffer In Silence? Philip Marchand
  • ?Shooting an Elephant? George Orwell
  • ?Never Give In, Never? Richard Pound
  • ?Have Wheels, Will Go A-Wooing? Kurt Preinsperg
  • ?Drugs in Sports: Why the Fuss?? Ian Ritchie
  • The Story of Grey Owl? Colin Ross
  • ?Are Goody Bags a Good Thing?? Rita Sirignano
  • ?Pet-o-philia? Judith Timson
  • ?If Were So Rich, Why Arent We Happy?? Margaret Wente
  • ?Rediscovering Christmas? Almas Zakiuddin
  • Part Three: Writings Essays
  • Chapter 1: The Writing Process
  • Chapter 2: The Principles of Good Writing
  • Chapter 3: The Essay
  • Chapter 4: Research
  • Chapter 5: Documentation
  • Chapter 6: Types of Essays
  • Chapter 7: Trouble Spots
  • Chapter 8: Common Grammar Problems
  • Appendix: APA Style
  • Credits
  • Author and Title Index
  • Subject Index

Author Information

Susan Dimock

A member of York's faculty since 1991, Dimock is an expert in moral and political philosophy, and philosophy of law. She has been a member of the centre's executive and board of directo...