Introduction. Underlying Assumptions of This Text. The Form of an Exploratory Essay. Putting Theory Into Practice. How This Book Works. Choosing Writing Subjects. ARENA I: CONFLICTS OVER INTERPRETATIONS OF JUSTICE. Introduction to Arena I: Decisions Involving Competing Versions of Truth. Of Accidental Judgments and Casual Slaughters, Kai Erikson. Home: Where Open-Mindedness Begins, Michelle Vincenti. Shooting an Elephant, George Orwell. ARENA II: CONFLICT OVER CHOICES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. Introduction to Arena II: Decisions Not to Act. Communication Failures Contributing to the Challenger Accident: An Example for Technical Communicators, D.A. Winsor. Excerpts from Anne Frank's Diary. The Ignored Lesson of Anne Frank, Bruno Bettelheim. Classroom Conversation. Student Essay: Standing Back: Why We Refuse to Get Involved, Sue Kisielewski. Classroom Conversation. Reading on the Tragedy of Isolation. In the Region of Ice, Joyce Carol Oates. ARENA III: CONFLICTS OVER DETERMINING OUR PERSONAL IDENTITY. Introduction to Arena III: Decisions for Our Future That Require a Consideration of Our Past. Some American Dreaming, Robert Weisbuch. The Achievement of Desire, Richard Rodriguez. Classroom Conversation. Student Essay: The Almighty Dollar, Joe Mooney. Classroom Conversation. Reading on Growing Up Chinese-American. No Name Woman, Maxine Hong Kingston. ARENA IV: CONFLICTS OVER DETERMINING A SOCIAL IDENTITY. Introduction to Arena IV: Decisions About Relationships. A Peculiar Confession, Rosellen Brown. I'm Black, You're White, Who's Innocent?, Shelby Steele. Classroom Conversation. Student Essay: A Symbiotic Relationship, Mary Beth Holman. Classroom Conversation. Reading on the Imagery of Gender. Images of Relationship, Carol Gilligan. ARENA V: CONFLICTS BETWEEN EXPERIENCE AND IDEALS. Introduction to Arena V: Decisions That Ask Us to Integrate Our Real and Imagined Selves. Two Radio Broadcasts, Richard Lobenthal. M. Butterfly, David Henry Wang. Black Men and Public Space, Brent Staples. Long Time Ago, Leslie Marmon Silko.Merla Wolk is the author of 'Arenas of the Mind: Critical Reading for Writing' with ISBN 9780673463128 and ISBN 0673463125.