Composition Reading Bank: Science

An Open Educational Resource for Composition Courses

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Doyle, Brian. "Joyas Voladoras" [Text + Audio]  infoDoyle profiles the hummingbird and blue whale, transitioning from a study of the physical heart to a metaphorical heart and what makes humans feel deeply and why. (Second- and Third-Person Perspective; Profile; Philosophical Meditation)

Eagleman, David. "The Brain on Trial"  infoEagleman presents many examples to explore how criminal acts might be understood through the lens of neuroscience. (Third-Person Perspective; Expository; Persuasive)

Fisher, Helen E. "The Biology of Attraction"  infoFisher compares the courting and dating techniques of men and women to those of animals. She examines body language, odors, posturing, and relationship trajectories and failures. (First- and Third-Person Perspective; Expository)

Freedman, David H. "Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science"  infoFreedman profiles the work of medical researchers to examine and expose flaws in the medical research process. (Third-Person Perspective; Expository)

Hawking, Stephen, and Leonard Mlodinow. "The (Elusive) Theory of Everything"  infoHawking and Mlodinow describe the search by scientists for "one final theory of everything." They reflect on the possibility that this may never happen and that we may have to accept multiple models of reality that can never be reconciled. This article comes from a book on the same theme, The Grand Design. (Third-Person Perspective; Expository)

Jensen, Derrick. "World Gone Mad"  infoJensen argues about the detrimental and foundational impact of power, economic development, and how psychopathology can help with understanding the lack of impactful change regarding respectful actions and attitudes towards the planet. (First- and Third-Person Perspective; Persuasive)

Nijhuis, Michelle. "Which Species Will Live?"  infoNijhuis argues why the "Noah Principle" is the best approach for scientists and policy makers to prevent the extinction of endangered species. (Third-Person Perspective; Expository; Persuasive)

Skloot, Rebecca. "The Woman in the Photograph"  infoIn this excerpt from the prologue of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Skloot reveals the story that cells taken from Lacks, an African American woman, without her permission continue to advance cures and studies in science today. (First-Person Perspective; Narrative; Expository)

The Union of Concerned Scientists. "Coal and Air Pollution"  infoThe Union of Concerned Scientists describe the many specific chemicals present in air pollution and their effects on people, on the environment, and on global warming. (Third-Person Perspective; Expository; Persuasive)

Tisdale, Sallie. "We Do Abortions Here: A Nurse's Story"  infoTisdale was a nurse at an abortion clinic when she wrote this essay. In it, she uses narrative details and reflection to show what her work is like and the conflicts she and the other workers feel. (First-Person Perspective; Narrative; Descriptive; Philosophical Meditation)


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