ESL 6 Critical Reading and Research for Writing

Updated 1/16/12



Title: Read, Reason, Write

Author: Seyler, Dorothy

ISBN: 9780073383781

Publisher: McGraw Hill


Title: Dreams and Inward Journeys: A Rhetoric and Reader for Writers

Author: Ford, Marjorie, and Jon Ford

ISBN-10: 0321123948

ISBN-13: 978-0321123947

Publisher: Pearson Longman




Title: Keys for Writers

Author: Raimes, Ann and Maria Jerskey

ISBN: 9780495799825

Publisher: Cengage




Title: Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

Author: Ehrenreich, Barbara

The author, Barbara Ehrenreich, actually lived the life of a worker that earns minimum wage for several months, in order to understand the lives of many people who earn a minimum wage. The book is an eye-opener for students to understand the lives of the people who live in the lower social strata and break their stereotypes that the US is a super rich country.

Title: Fast Food Nation

Author: Schlosser, Eric

New York Times best seller and is an invaluable reading for students to understand the fast food they consume every day.

Title: Indian Killer

Author: Alexie, Sherman


Title: The Tortilla Curtain

Author: Boyle, T. Coraghessan


Title: The Kite Runner

Author: Hosseini, Khaled

An engaging and well crafted novel. The students love the plot and the character and cannot put it down. The book is especially suited for ESL 6 as it presents itself for research topics in many directions.

Title: Black Boy

Author: Wright, Richard


Title: Rain of Gold

Author: Villaseñor, Victor E


Title: The Wild Steps of Heaven

Author: Villaseñor, Victor E


Title: The Piano Lesson (play)

Author: Wilson, August

The play proves to be very much liked by students though the dialogs are written in Black English. Through "the piano," the centerpiece of the play, August Wilson's work brings out the history of slavery in an engaging and artistic form. The characters come alive on the stage, especially after the students have a chance to watch the movie of the same title.

Title: The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf: A Novel

Author: Kahf, Mohja


Title: Native Speaker

Author: Lee, Chang-rae


Title: A Gesture Life: A Novel

Author: Lee, Chang-rae


Title: The Surrendered

Author: Lee, Chang-rae


Title: Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

Author: Roach, Mary


Title: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

Author: Wilkerson, Isabel


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