Higher Education

The Natural World, 1st Edition

  • Marjorie Ford Stanford University
  • Jon Ford College of Alameda
  • ISBN-10: 0395868025  |  ISBN-13: 9780395868027
  • 128 Pages
  • © 1999 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $40.50



The Streamlines series of brief, inexpensive single-theme readers is designed to help students write increasingly thoughtful, analytic essays as their understanding of a subject grows. The Natural World offers extended exploration of environmental issues and includes an introduction to the topic, headnotes, questions, and writing assignments. The reader begins with an introduction to the variety of issues surrounding "nature," to the collected essayists' approaches to these issues, and to possible student approaches.

Table of Contents

Lorna Dee Cervantes, Emplumada (poem)
1. The Experience of Nature
Jon Krakauer, The Khumbu Icefall
Gretel Ehrlich, The Solace of Open Spaces
Barry Lopez, The Stone Horse
Annie Dillard, Total Eclipse
2. Nature and the Scientific Mind
Stephen Jay Gould, Evolution as Fact and Theory
Farley Mowat, Learning to See
Terry Tempest Williams, The Clan of One-Breasted Women
3. Environmental Issues: Protection and Preservation
Aldo Leopold, Thinking Like a Mountain
Rachel Carson, The Obligation to Endure
Dian Fossey, Decimation by Poachers
Lindsey Munro, Dian Fossey and Me (student essay)
4. Nature and the Philosophical Imagination
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature
Henry David Thoreau, Walking
Gary Snyder, The Etiquette of Freedom
Ursula K. Le Guin, She Unnames Them
Kathleen Norris, Sea Change
Connections: Topics for Thought, Research, and Writing