A Forest of Voices: Conversations in Ecology

Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2000-01-07
Publisher(s): McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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This reader comprises 61 selections, substantial reading and writing instruction, and finely developed reading and writing apparatus. Providing a mix of genres and including both historical and contemporary perspectives, A Forest of Voices challenges students to examine in detail the multiplicity of environments that we interact with, the complexities of those environments, and our relationships to them.

Table of Contents

Preface: A Note to Students


1. Joining the Conversation

Keeping a Reading Journal / Academic Reading: Some Initial Advice / Keeping a Reading Journal / The Process of Reading: Prereading / First Reading / Annotating / Rereading / Freewriting / Further Advice and Perspectives / Writing and Reading / Writing Essays / The Essay as a Revised Journal Entry / The Natural Style / Patterns for Essay Structure / The Final Pattern: TRIAC / Quoting and Paraphrasing / How the Essay Helps You with Term Papers / Writing Summaries / Reading to Write a Summary / Writing the Summary / Using Quotations in Summaries / Evaluating and Revising Summary Drafts / Writing Arguments / Using Journal Entries to Help You Decide Your Position / Rethinking Assumptions / Using TRIAC to Structure an Argument / Revising the Draft of Your Argument / Arguing to Persuade Others / The Reasonable Voice / Gathering and Using Information / Some Tips for Coming Up with Topics (and Keeping Them Manageable) / Using Databases to Do Research / A Warning about Internet Research / Handling What You Find / Documenting Sources


2. Rooms and Homes, Country and City

My Neighborhood / Langston Hughes, Theme for English B / Sarah Rabkin, Coming Around the Bend / Annie Dillard, The Silent Neighborhood / Ishmael Reed, My Neighborhood / Tom Wolfe, O Rotten Gotham / Benjamin Saenz, Exile: El Paso, Texas / David Guterson, Enclosed. Encyclopedic. Endured. One Week at the Mall of America / Ray Oldenburg, The Problem of Place in America / On Going Home / Donald Hall, The One Thousand Seasons / Kathleen Norris, The Beautiful Places / Mary Clearman Blew, The Sow in the River / N. Scott Momaday, Sacred and Ancestral Ground / Joan Didion, On Going Home

3. Where Wilderness Begins

Walking On / Henry David Thoreau, Walking / Kathleen Dean Moore, Winter Creek / Allen De Hart, Splendid Swamp / Ofelia Zepeda, Where the Wilderness Begins / Bill McKibben, Daybreak / Karen Warren, November Sojourn / Gone Back Into the Earth / Loren Eiseley, The Bird and the Machine / Barry Lopez, Gone Back Into the Earth / Rebecca Solnit, Texas on My Mind (and Mexico on My Right) / Edward Abbey, The Great American Desert

4. Animal Lives

Sleeping with Animals / Edward Hoagland, Dogs, and the Tug of Life / Melissa Greene, No Rms, Jungle Vu / Lewis Thomas, The Tucson Zoo / Alice Walker, Am I Blue? / Barbara Drake, How Smart Are Sheep? / Maxine Kumin, Sleeping with Animals / A Fragile Kingdom / Sue Halpern, A Fragile Kingdom / Keith Ervin, A Life in Our Hands / Douglas Chadwick, Helping a Great Bear Hang On / Mary Oliver, Five a.m. in the Pinewoods

5. Limits: Challenges and Progress

Fading Colors / John Dillon, Fading Colors: Are We Losing the Sugar Maple to Acid Rain? / John Muir, Hetch Hetchy Valley / Marsden Manson, A Statement of San Francisco’s Side / Samuel W. Matthews, Under the Sun / Sandra Steingraber, Animals / John P. Wiley, Jr., We’re Scraping Bottom / Out of the Woods / Anthony Weston, Is It Too Late? / David Seideman, Out of the Woods / Marc Reisner, Coming Undammed / Paul Schneider, Clear Progress: 25 Years of the Clean Water Act / Chris Anderson, Forest of Voices

6. Evolving Ethics

The Land Ethic / Alison Hawthorne Deming, Exiled in America / Winona LaDuke, Voices from White Earth / Aldo Leopold, The Land Ethic / Dana Lee Jackson, Women and the Challenge of the Ecological Era / W. S. Merwin, Unchopping a Tree / Is Nature Too Good for Us? / William Tucker, Is Nature Too Good for Us? / Joy Williams, Save the Whales, Screw the Shrimp / Brian Luke, A Critical Analysis of Hunters’ Ethics / Wallace Stegner, Wilderness Letter

7. Practicing Knowledge

Making Change / Cynthia Hamilton, Women, Home, and Community: The Struggle in an Urban Environment / Lois Marie Gibbs, Learning from Love Canal: A Twentieth-Anniversary Retrospective / Wendell Berry, Out of Your Car, Off Your Horse / Susan Witt, Printing Money, Making Change: The Promise of Local Currencies / Terry Tempest Williams, The Clan of One-Breasted Women / The Idea of a Garden / William Stafford, Traveling through the Dark / Don Stap, Returning the Natives / Carolyn Duckworth, Pieces of Paper Protecting the Land / Michael Pollan, The Idea of a Garden

Appendix A: Ecology in Cyberspace

Index of Authors and Titles

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