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Higher Learning : Reading and Writing about College,9780205287895

Higher Learning : Reading and Writing about College

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Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9780205287895

ISBN10:
0205287891
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2001
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall
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Summary

For courses in Freshman Orientation/Student Success/Freshman Composition.This anthology of imaginative literature by student as well as professional writers contains stories, poems, drama, essays, letters, and memoirs about all aspects of college life in order to motivate students, 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 students a broader context in which to appreciate and understand the college experience.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Where We're Coming From: Leaving Other Lives
1(62)
Incurring My Mother's Displeasure
2(4)
Zitkala-Sa
from Up from Slavery
6(5)
Booker T. Washington
Raising My Hand
11(3)
Antler
The English Lesson
14(13)
Nicholasa Mohr
Miss Rinehart's Paddle
27(2)
Jeri McCormick
from The Day I Became an Autodidact
29(6)
Kendall Hailey
In High School I Majored in Shop
35(2)
Peter Martin
50% Chance of Lightning
37(10)
Cristina Salat
Somewhere in Minnesota
47(2)
Peter Klein
The Eyes of Chickens
49(9)
Michael Lancaster
Further Suggestions for Writing
58(3)
Selected Films
61(2)
School Daze: Life in the First Year
63(70)
A Day in the Life Of...
64(2)
Greg Adams
Ten Commandments for a College Freshman
66(4)
Joseph McCabe
My First Week at Mizzou
70(6)
Andrew Hicks
from Diary of a Freshman
76(3)
Charles Macomb Flandreau
Hunters and Gatherers
79(3)
Jennifer Hale
Waiting for Daylight
82(7)
Linda Mannheim
Grading Your Professors
89(7)
Jacob Neusner
Theme for English B
96(3)
Langston Hughes
College Students Speak about ADD
99(5)
Outside In: The Life of a Commuter Student
104(6)
Patti See
Homeward Bond
110(4)
Daisy Nguyen
from I Walk in Beauty
114(5)
Davina Ruth
from The Freshman Year Thrill Ride
119(3)
Missy Loney
Julie Feist
``Who Shall I Be?'' The Allure of a Fresh Start
122(6)
Jennifer Crichton
Further Suggestions for Writing
128(2)
Selected Films
130(3)
Student Affairs: Friends and Lovers
133(80)
Raspberries
134(2)
Jennifer Fandel
First Love
136(11)
R.A. Sasaki
Revision
147(2)
John David Rose
Carmen
149(5)
Jennifer Sheridan
What It's Really Like
154(2)
Frank Smoot
Virginity
156(10)
Jane Barnes Casey
Irreversible Seasons
166(12)
Anita Santiago
No More Kissing --- AIDS Everywhere
178(3)
Michael Blumenthal
The Blue-Light System
181(7)
Katie Roiphe
Dancing
188(19)
Paul Durica
The Good Student Apologizes to His Professor and to the Girl in Room 303
207(2)
Ron Watson
Further Suggestions for Writing
209(2)
Selected Films
211(2)
Teacher, Teacher: Will This Be on the Test?
213(86)
Teachers: A Primer
214(5)
Ron Wallace
Take This Fish and Look at It
219(5)
Samuel H. Scudder
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer
224(2)
Walt Whitman
Mayday
226(15)
William Crawford Woods
No Immediate Danger
241(8)
Mary McLaughlin Slechta
Open Admission
249(10)
Shirley Lauro
Signed, Grateful
259(5)
Kate Boyes
Of This Time, Of That Place
264(29)
Lionel Trilling
April Inventory
293(3)
W.D. Snodgrass
Further Suggestions for Writing
296(2)
Selected Films
298(1)
Been There, Done That: Looking Forward, Looking Back
299(36)
The Speech the Graduates Didn't Hear
300(3)
Jacob Neusner
The Eighty-Yard Run
303(12)
Irwin Shaw
Reunion
315(3)
Dawn Karima Pettigrew
Moon June Spoon
318(3)
Frank Smoot
Scarlet Ribbons
321(4)
Michael Perry
Passion
325(6)
Monica Coleman
Further Suggestions for Writing
331(2)
Selected Films
333(2)
Appendix Critical Thinking Points on Selected Films 335

Excerpts

Preface Higher Learning provides students and teachers a vehicle to explore, reflect on, and perhaps even discover issues about ethnic, class, age, gender, and sexual diversity. Imagine entering a foreign country where you understand just enough of the language to communicate but cannot quite grasp the customs or the etiquette of the land. Imagine you had to learn the culture of that country without anyone showing or telling you how. This is what going to college is like for many first-year students. Higher Learning: Reading and Writing about Collegepresents imaginative literature--fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction--that appeals to students and teachers because it is written from their point of view. It is literature that allows them to see how their individual experience fits into the culturally and historically diverse traditions and perspectives of university life. Avid readers--students, teachers, and lifelong learners--know literature is the one place a person is never alone. This collection allows readers to discover people just like them, as well as people sometimes so different from them to be almost, at least at first, unimaginable. Students can watch these people struggle with problems and challenges, most of which never appear in any college catalogue or on any class syllabus. Though universities provide an array of student support systems, there are some aspects of university life that new students must work through mostly on their own. Character, maturity, and experience will be as essential to success as high school class rank or SAT scores. Alienation, isolation, and loneliness will be as much of a challenge as English Composition or Calculus. Many college texts for first-year students focus on time management, critical thinking, active reading, and lecture and text note taking. These survival skills are the nuts and bolts of college success. This collection, written by people who have "been there and done that," displays the whole machine chugging along in all its imperfect glory. These readings provide good and bad examples, some broader views and alternative takes of individual experiences, parables of the admirable, cautionary tales, and funny stories. College students, especially first-year students, often feel isolated on campuses. The degree to which students feel a "connectedness" to a university, a sense of place and a way of fitting in that many teachers and administrators by now take too much for granted, leads to how well the students perform, in fact whether or not they complete a degree.Higher Learningoffers some of the "inside" stories of college life, addressing the difficult issues that students face in their transition to college. It also provides students and teachers a vehicle to explore, reflect on, and perhaps even discover issues about ethnic, class, age, gender, and sexual diversity. How to Use This Book Reading and writing questions are provided as a part of the text and should be read before and after reading each piece of literature, as a way to get readers involved in the kind of close and active reading done at the college level. In addition to 'providing prompts for class discussion, Critical Thinking Points, offered before and after each piece under the categories ofAs You Read, After You've Read,andSome Possibilities for Writing,accomplish the following objectives: provide a focus for each reading help readers formulate their own questions while they read provide a historical and/or cultural context for the reading create a forum for reader response, analysis, and critical reflection promote creative writing and expository responses that connect readings to students' personal lives provide prompts for informal and formal writing assignments, such as journal entries, class pr


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