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SUGGESTIONS FOR NEW WRITING TEACHERS7
DESCRIPTIVE ANALYSES OF THE ESSAYS AND SHORT STORIES23
Elizabeth Greene Stereotypes Did Not Stop My Students 255
Using the Instructor’s Guide
The instructor’s guide provides several aids that help in teaching The Riverside Reader:
• Three approaches to using The Riverside Reader in a process-centered writing class.
• Suggestions for new teachers about how to organize and teach a writing class.
• A brief analysis of each rhetorical strategy in the text, summarizing the purposes a teacher might consider in planning the sequence of reading and writing assignments in a writing course.
• Descriptive summaries of every essay and story in the anthology, pointing out the salient features that a teacher might want to emphasize in a rhetorical analysis of the text.
• A reading quiz for each essay. These questions can be answered and graded quickly, perhaps even graded by students in class. Each quiz contains at least one question based on the essay’s headnote to encourage students to discover something about the background and credentials of the author. These quizzes are not intended as tests of a students ability to read rhetorically. That task comes in the give-and-take of class discussion. But these quizzes do offer a convenient way to see whether there is any point in beginning such a discussion—that is, to see whether the students have read the assignment. An answer key is included at the back of this guide.
• Vocabulary lists for each essay. In addition to encouraging students to read with a dictionary at hand, such vocabulary lists emphasize the importance of diction in the crafting of each essay. As Mark Twain once said, “the difference between the right word and the nearly right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.”
• Student writing samples that exhibit the writing strategies presented in The Riverside Reader. These samples enable students to see how writers like themselves defined their purpose, anticipated the needs of their audience, and used certain writing strategies to compose an essay.