Sybil Marcus and Daniel Berman
A World of Fiction calls upon students’ diverse language and critical thinking skills as they discover the pleasure and rewards of reading fiction. This expanded series (Level 1: High-Intermediate; Level 2: Advanced) is designed to help students sharpen their reading, critical thinking, vocabulary,
grammar, and writing skills. Each level contains 16 unabridged stories.
- The stories are ideal for literary analysis, language practice, and lively cross-cultural discussion.
- Each level features selections by noteworthy authors — (Book 1) Raymond Carver, Dorothy Parker, Tim O’Brien, and Kate Chopin. (Book 2) Alan Paton, Louise Erdrich, Woody Allen, and Alice Walker.
- Grammar in Context helps students understand and practice grammar features that arise organically from the text. These include clauses, participial phrases, tenses, and parallel structure.
- Reading selections guide students through understanding plots, exploring themes, analyzing styles, making judgments and cross-cultural connections, and debating the issues that are explored.
- Extended Vocabulary in Context sections cover idioms, phrasal verbs, prepositions, and other areas of vocabulary enrichment.
- Writing activities include both expository and creative assignments in which students are led to incorporate the language skills featured in the chapter.
- Expanded Critical Thinking sections encourage students to analyze stories and connect them to their own experiences.