Welcome to LiteracyTA’s Classic Texts. This non-fiction resource is designed to help students acquire and practice the skills of close reading, writing, speaking, and inquiry-based thinking. In addition, Classic Texts introduces students to some of the world’s most important authors and their texts—readings that simply can only be characterized as classic.
Classic Texts uses excerpts from primary documents that span from the classical age up to the twentieth century. By understanding the ideas, arguments, and writing choices of some of the best minds in history, students will learn the rudiments of argumentation: motivation and purpose, audience, appeals, genre, style, and modes. Through the practice of close reading of texts, Classic Texts will guide and challenge students as they move from identification, analysis, and evaluation of the elements of argumentation to become competent academic writers who make informed choices based upon a deeper understanding of how good writer’s write.
If we want to write like the best, then let’s begin by reading, analyzing, and evaluating some of the best writers that history offers. Here are the titles in Classic Texts:
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equine
The Essays “Of Revenge”
Funeral Oration - in praise of Athens
A Letter Concerning Toleration
The Price Chapter
Inside the front and back covers, students have access to lists of reading skills based on Webb's Depth of Knowledge (DOK) and sentence starters to help students practice speaking and writing academically about the texts in Modern Issues. The margins of the texts have also been widened so that students have plenty of room to interact with the text, engage in inquiry-based thinking, and respond and connect to ideas. This is a student book. Have them write in it. Draw in it. The more they interact with these texts, the more they will enjoy reading and discussing them.
***Each purchase is a classroom set of 30 books. Not sold individually.***