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Open Questions: Readings for Critical Thinking and Writing

Open Questions: Readings for Critical Thinking and Writing



We all make many ethical choices, small and large, every day. Should we give money to that homeless person? Should we shade the truth to protect someone else's feelings? Should we endanger ourselves by chasing that purse-snatcher? A first-year college composition course devoted to critical thinking and writing presents an ideal opportunity for students to reflect on what goes into making such decisions, and to refine their own understanding of what constitutes ethical action. The first reader to tap into this opportunity, Open Questions presents a wide variety of perspectives on profound ethical issues, along with a unique method of approaching those issues based on careful listening, analytic thinking, and persuasive writing.



Publication Date



Bedford/St. Martin's




Rhetoric and Composition


Description, co-author bios, cover image, and review courtesy of Bedford/St.Martin's.

Subject Areas

College readers; English language -- Grammar -- Problems, exercises, etc.; English language -- Rhetoric -- Problems, exercises, etc.; Report writing -- Problems, exercises, etc.

Author/Editor Bio

Chris Anderson is Professor of English and the composition coordinator at Oregon State University. Author of many scholarly articles and reviews and coauthor or editor of numerous books, including several textbooks for composition, he is also a much-published poet and writer of creative nonfiction; his Edge Effects: Notes from an Oregon Forest was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. His latest scholarly projects include the forthcoming Teaching as Believing: Faith in the University.

Lex Runciman is Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at Linfield College. He holds a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Utah, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Montana, and a B.A. in English from Santa Clara University.


“There is a tremendous diversity on the subject matter presented, with many different ways the readings can be grouped for teaching and constructing assignments. The initial scenarios, pre-and-post reading questions, and For Community Learning and Research activities allow for enriching the literacy experiences in the first-year writing course. The opening scenarios are great for students to begin thinking about what biases and beliefs they hold upon entering the academic conversations of college.”
— Regina Clemens Fox, Arizona State University

Open Questions: Readings for Critical Thinking and Writing