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Higher Learning : Reading and Writing about College,9780131141636

Higher Learning : Reading and Writing about College

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Edition:
2nd
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9780131141636

ISBN10:
0131141635
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2006
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Prentice Hall
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Summary

This anthology of imaginative literatureby student as well as professional writerscontains stories, poems, drama, essays, letters, and memoirs about all aspects of college life in order to motivate readers, especially first-year students, to read, discuss, write, and think critically about the problems and challenges of succeeding in college.Historical and cultural diversity offers readers a broader context in which to appreciate and understand the college experience. This 2 nd edition includes 13 new pieces. These selections provide good and bad examples, individual experiences, parables of the admirable, cautionary tales, and funny stories.An excellent reader for students, teachers, and lifelong learners.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
About the Authors xii
Credits and Permissions xiii
CHAPTER ONE Where We're Coming From 1(54)
LEAVING OTHER LIVES
From Up from Slavery
Booker T. Washington
2(5)
MEMOIR (1901) Prejudices in 1872 force the author to sleep outside during his journey to college, but when he finally reaches what he calls his "promised land," he must pass an unconventional test before he is admitted.
Incurring My Mother's Displeasure
Zitkala-Sa
7(3)
MEMOIR (1900) Recounts the author's difficulty balancing her Native American childhood with learning the "white man's ways" at college and living with the pain of disobeying her mother by continuing her education.
From One Writer's Beginnings
Eudora Welty
10(5)
MEMOIR (1983) Chronicles the author's earliest memories in a household that valued books.
Saved
Malcolm X
15(4)
MEMOIR (1965) Malcolm X uses his time in jail to hone his reading and writing skills.
Miss Rinehart's Paddle
Jeri McCormick
19(2)
POEM (1991) Depicts the loss of power for students who always follow the rules and those who can't help themselves.
50% Chance of Lightning
Cristina Salat
21(9)
FICTION (1994) Best friends and high school seniors decide their futures much differently: Robin has the guts to "come out" in a column in her school news-paper, but she is unsure that she will find her life's plan in a college catalogue.
Somewhere in Minnesota
Peter Klein
30(2)
POEM/STUDENT WRITTEN (1979) The "brilliant future" that awaits many high school graduates is especially bright as portrayed in their senior photos.
LD
Jeff Richards
32(5)
ESSAY (2000) First-person account of what it's like to live and thrive with a learning disability.
School's Out: One Young Man Puzzles Over His Future Without College
Laura Sessions Stepp
37(19)
ARTICLE (2002) A high school graduate chooses the factory over the university.
8th Grade Final Exam
44(12)
EXAM (1895) An original test on file at the Smoky Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, Kansas.
FURTHER SUGGESTIONS FOR WRITING
48(2)
SELECTED FILMS
50(5)
CHAPTER TWO School Daze 55(56)
LIFE IN THE FIRST YEAR
A Day in the Life of...
Greg Adams
56(2)
POEM/STUDENT WRITTEN (1994) Offers a sequence of concrete nouns and brand-name products to show one college student's life in which the only action is "rewind," a clue to get up and do it all again.
My First Week at Mizzou
Andrew Hicks
58(5)
JOURNAL/STUDENT WRITTEN (1995) A blog of one student's first week at a mega-university.
From Diary of a Freshman
Charles Macomb Flandreau
63(3)
FICTION (1901) Depicts the dialogue between an academic advisor and a failing student, who attempts to convey the impression of success in his courses.
Take This Fish and Look at It
Samuel H. Scudder
66(4)
ESSAY (1874) A retrospective look at the interaction between Scudder as a young botany student and his professor, who teaches an important exercise in observation.
Hunters and Gatherers
Jennifer Hale
70(3)
JOURNAL/STUDENT WRITTEN (1996) An excerpt from a course journal shows the connection between one student's social life and what she's learning in her history classes.
Theme for English B
Langston Hughes
73(2)
POEM (1924) Shows the difficulty of one student who feels alienated from his teacher because of the color of his skin and the freedoms it allows him.
From Lummox: Evolution of a Man
Mike Magnuson
75(6)
MEMOIR (2001) A weekend in jail helps this suspended student find his path as an intellectual.
The English Lesson
Nicholasa Mohr
81(12)
FICTION (1977) William and Lali, two Puerto Ricans, enroll in Mrs. Hamma's Basic English night class against the initial reluctance of Lali's husband.
Outside In: The Life of a Commuter Student
Patti See
93(6)
ESSAY (1998) Describes a less-than-traditional college experience in which the only friends the narrator makes during her first year are professors and custodians.
From I Walk in Beauty
Davina Ruth Begaye Two Bears
99(5)
ESSAY/STUDENT WRITTEN (1997) Tells the story of how one student simultaneously received one of the worst and best grades a student can.
From The Freshman Year Thrill Ride
Missy Loney and Julie Feist
104(8)
LIST/STUDENT WRITTEN (1997) Offers personal advice on how to maneuver through the freshman year thrill ride.
FURTHER SUGGESTIONS FOR WRITING
107(2)
SELECTED FILMS
109(2)
CHAPTER THREE Student Relations 111(70)
FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND LOVERS
Raspberries
Jennifer Fandel
112(2)
POEM/STUDENT WRITTEN (1993) Discusses the heaviness of new love, often too much for the vine and the heart.
Ten Commandments for a College Freshman
Joseph McCabe
114(4)
LETTER (1963) Offers advice to first-year students in a personal letter from father to son.
First Love
R.A. Sasaki
118(11)
FICTION (1991) Looks at what happens to young lovers when one goes away to college and one stays at home.
Carmen
Jennifer Sheridan
129(5)
FICTION/STUDENT WRITTEN (1996) Best friends make their way through college by taking turns mothering each other among people who do not seem to care.
"Who Shall I Be?" The Allure of a Fresh Start
Jennifer Crichton
134(5)
ESSAY (1984) Students sometimes expect to find a reinvention of self at college.
What It's Really Like
Frank Smoot
139(2)
POEM/STUDENT WRITTEN (1995) A never-taken chance at love.
No More Kissing - AIDS Everywhere
Michael Blumenthal
141(2)
POEM (1989) The link between love and death is portrayed through the metaphor of a kiss.
The Blue-Light System
Katie Roiphe
143(7)
ESSAY/STUDENT WRITTEN (1993) A discussion of freedoms that allow a woman to say yes and/or no and the complications those choices create for both genders.
Dear Concerned Mother
Jill Wolfson
150(6)
ARTICLE (2001) Writing students in juvenile hall offer great parenting advice to their teacher, whose son is giving her some trouble.
The Undeclared Major
Will Weaver
156(147)
FICTION (1989) A farm kid struggles with telling his dad he's majoring in English.
The Good Student Apologizes to His Professor and to the Girl in Room
303
Ron Watson
162(2)
POEM (1988) The need to impress a member of the opposite sex sometimes pulls students away from the classroom.
Homeward Bond
Daisy Nguyen
164(4)
ESSAY/STUDENT WRITTEN (1998) Illustrates the differences between school and home, places to use one's mind and one's heart.
Everyday Use
Alice Walker
168(14)
FICTION (1973) An older daughter returns to the country homestead with new ideas about family relics.
FURTHER SUGGESTIONS FOR WRITING
176(2)
SELECTED FILMS
178(3)
CHAPTER FOUR Teacher, Teacher 181(50)
WILL THIS BE ON THTE TEST?
Did I Miss Anything?
Tom Wayman
182(2)
POEM (1993) A creative response to the question most teachers loathe.
Grading Your Professors
Jacob Neusner
184(7)
ESSAY (1984) Offers three "levels" for students to grade their own professors.
From Tales Out of School
Susan Richards Shreve
191(8)
ESSAY (2000) Stories about school days from the author's perspective as student, teacher, and parent.
No Immediate Danger
Mary McLaughlin Slechta
199(7)
FICTION (1997) An African-American woman applies for a fixed-term teaching position and carries with her to the interview more than she imagined.
Teachers: A Primer
Ron Wallace
206(5)
POEM (1989) A series of sonnets depicts influential teachers in the narrator's life and how they helped form the future poet.
Open Admissions
Shirley Lauro
211(11)
DRAMA (1983) One teacher's helplessness in dealing with a student who is underprepared and one student's demands to be taught, not simply passed with B's.
What Teachers Make
Taylor Mali
222(10)
POEM (2002) It's about more than making money.
FURTHER SUGGESTIONS FOR WRITING
225(2)
SELECTED FILMS
227(4)
CHAPTER FIVE Been There, Done That 231(50)
LOOKING FORWARD, LOOKING BACK
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer
Walt Whitman
232(2)
POEM (1892) The difference between the way a poet and a scientist see the world, as well as a brief lesson about hands-on learning.
The Art of Regret
Jonathon Ritz
234(8)
ESSAY (1999) Looking back on "what if" and its remorseful cousin "if only."
Raising My Hand
Antler
242(3)
POEM (1990) The narrator scrutinizes his formal education for lessons that did not, and perhaps could not, prepare him for adult life.
The Eighty-Yard Run
Irwin Shaw
245(11)
FICTION (1942) Centers on the post-college years of former Big Ten football player Christian Darling and his moment of grace in practice.
Reunion
Dawn Karima Pettigrew
256(3)
POEM/STUDENT WRITTEN (1998) A rumination on the rift education has made between the narrator and her Native American background, especially in the company of her boyfriend and colleagues.
Scarlet Ribbons
Michael Perry
259(4)
ESSAY (1999) Tells the story of how a registered nurse became a writer and why that was not so great a change as one might first expect.
Signed, Grateful
Kate Bo yes
263(5)
ESSAY (1998) A returning adult student writes a thank-you letter to the professor who motivated her to overcome her fear of public speaking and eventually enroll in a doctoral program.
Passion
Monica Coleman
268(5)
ESSAY (1997) A woman who thought she knew her life's plan discovers a new calling she can't refuse.
On the Radio
Richard Terrill
273(2)
POEM (2003) The difference between what's learned in school and what's learned from experience in the world.
FURTHER SUGGESTIONS FOR WRITING
275(2)
SELECTED FILMS
277(4)
Appendix THINKING AND WRITING ABOUT FILM 281


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