Directions:

  1. Choose one of the essays from the list and examine it for rhetorical strategies.
  2. Using your own considerable, analytical minds and a bit of Google magic, prepare a presentation which examines your selected essay in terms of S.O.A.P. (Subject, Occasion, Audience, Purpose) and F.L.I.D.D.S. (Figurative Language, Imagery, Diction, Details, and Syntax).
  3. The presentation may take any format you wish, but will be done individually and will be presented to the class. Potential formats include:
    • PowerPoint
    • Prezi
    • A Poster
    • A handout
    • A video (including voiceover)
    • Any other format your may suggest
60 Essays: Contents of Essay Samplers

Please thank Mrs. Darby for the following list. She has saved you a considerable amount of work.

Classic Writings by Swift, Emerson, Woolf, Orwell, White, and Many More
By Richard Nordquist, About.com Guide
CONTENTS BY AUTHOR AND TITLE
Mortimer Adler

”How to Mark a Book” (1940) Part 5 #4
Mary Austin

"The Land of Little Rain" (1903) Part 1 #2
Francis Bacon

"Of Studies” (1625) Part 5 #7
Judy Brady

"Why I Want a Wife" (1971) Part 3 #12
Bruce Catton

"Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts" (1956) Part 3 #2
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

"A Piece of Chalk" (1905) Part 1 #8
Daniel Defoe

"The Education of Women" (1719) Part 1 #3
Joan Didion

"Why I Write" (1976) Part 2 #12
Annie Dillard

"This Is the Life" (2003) Part 2 #10
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Self-Reliance" (1841) Part 1 #10
E. M. Forster

"My Wood" (1936) Part 3 #9
Benjamin Franklin

”The Whistle” (1779) Part 5 #10
Oliver Goldsmith

"On National Prejudices" (1763) Part 2 #7
Ernest Hemingway

"Camping Out" (1920) Part 2 #2
Langston Hughes

"Salvation" (1940) Part 3 #10
James Huneker

"Coney Island at Night" (1906) Part 4 #10
Zora Neale Hurston

"How It Feels to Be Colored Me" (1928) Part 3 #4
James Weldon Johnson

"Outcasts in Salt Lake City" (1933) Part 5 #5
H. H. Kane

"A Hashish House in New York" (1883) Part 3 #3
Nikos Kazantzakis

"Happiness" (1965) Part 4 #3
Alfred Kazin

"The Kitchen" (1941) Part 4 #6
John F. Kennedy

Inaugural Address (1961) Part 4 #1
Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I Have a Dream" (1963) Part 2 #5

"Letter from Birmingham Jail" (1963) Part 1 #7
Stephen King

”The Writing Life” (2006) Part 5 #12
Abraham Lincoln

”The Gettysburg Address” (1863) Part 5 #3
Jack London

"The Story of an Eyewitness: The San Francisco Earthquake" (1906) Part 4 #11
William Lutz

"Life Under the Chief Doublespeak Officer" (1989) Part 3 #6
Steve Martin

”The Death of My Father” (2002) Part 5 #1
H. L. Mencken

"The Hills of Zion" (1925) Part 2 #4
Christopher Morley

"1100 Words" (1921) Part 4 #5
Barack Obama

First Inaugural Address (2009) Part 3 #1
George Orwell

"Bookshop Memories" (1936) Part 2 #1

"A Hanging" (1931) Part 1 #6

"Politics and the English Language" (1946) Part 4 #7

"Shooting an Elephant" (1936) Part 1 #11

"Why Are Beggars Despised?" (1933) Part 5 #11

"Why I Write" (1946) Part 1 12
Jo Goodwin Parker

"What Is Poverty?" (1971) Part 3 #11
Anna Quindlen

"Homeless" (1987) Part 4 #4
Paul Roberts

”How to Say Nothing in 500 Words” (1958) Part 5 #5
Bertrand Russell

"In Praise of Idleness" (1932) Part 3 #3
Samuel H. Scudder

"Look at Your Fish!" (1874) Part 5 #8
David Sedaris

"This Old House" (2007) Part 2 #9
Zadie Smith

"Speaking in Tongues" (2008) Part 4 #8
Jonathan Swift

"A Modest Proposal" (1729) Part 3 #7
Deborah Tannen

"My Mother, My Hair" (2006) Part 3 #8
Henry David Thoreau

”Walking” (1851) Part 5 #10
Frank Trippett

"Watching Out for Loaded Words" (1982) Part 4 #12
Mark Twain

"Advice to Youth" (1882) Part 1, #1

"A Fable" (1876) Part 2 #3

"On the Decay of the Art of Lying" (1882) Part 2 #6

"Two Ways of Seeing a River" (1883) Part 2 #11
Gore Vidal

"Drugs: The Case for Legalizing Marijuana" (1970) Part 4 #2
E. B. White

"Farewell, My Lovely" (1936) Part 1 #5

"Once More to the Lake" (1941) Part 2 #8

"The Ring of Time" (1956) Part 4 #9
Virginia Woolf

"The Death of the Moth" (1942) Part 1 #3

"Professions for Women" (1942) Part 1 #9

”Street-Haunting”: A London Adventure” (1930) Part 5 #8