Emphasizing intertextuality the way that texts, including the student's own writing, grow out of other texts this anthology offers an exceptional amount of writing support. Fifteen chapters of guidance on writing about literature include information on keeping a reading notebook, researching and documenting essays, creating a writing portfolio, and planning, drafting, and revising essays. Students learn to create reading notebooks and transform notebook entries into actual papers. An accompanying web site extends the book's emphasis on intertextuality with sections on What is a text? What is a writer? and How are reading and writing connected? The anthology section contains 33 stories, 99 poems, 9 plays, and 22 essays organized around themes of particular interest to students, including Gender and Relationships, Families, and Experience and Identity.