Part 1: WRITING IN CONTEXT.
1. UNDERSTANDING THE CONTEXTS OF WRITING.
What Is "Good" Writing? Defining Context in Writing. Discourse and Why It Is Important. Where Do Themes Come From?
2. UNDERSTANDING MEDIA AS CONTEXTS FOR WRITING.
"Reading" Images. Using Images in Your Writing. Combining Text and Image.
3. ENTERING THE CONVERSATIONS.
Theme into Thesis. Assessing the Rhetorical Situation. Knowing Your Audience. Managing the Writing Process. Using Technology.
4. ENGAGING IN RESEARCH AND INQUIRY.
Writing as Inquiry. Conducting Research. Tools for Your Inquiry. Other Source Material. Working with Source Material. Citing Sources.
Part 2: THEMES FOR WRITING AND INQUIRY.
Cluster 1: Creating Our Selves. Sojourner Truth, Ain''t I a Woman? N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain. Bobbie Ann Mason, Being Country. Cluster 2: Defining Each Other. Maxine Hong Kingston, No Name Woman. Dagoberto Gilb, You Know Him by His Labors, But Not His Face. Gregory Jay, Who Invented White People? Cluster 3: Diverse Selves, Multiple Identities. Erin Aubry Kaplan, Black Like I Thought I Was. Oscar Casares, Crossing the Border Without Losing Your Past. Bharati Mukherjee, American Dreamer. Peggy Orenstein, Mixed Messenger. Extending the Conversations.
Cluster 1: Learning. Richard Wright, The Library Card. Annie Dillard, Living Like Weasels. D. Winston Brown, Both Sides of a Gun Barrel.+ Cluster 2: Schooling. Maya Angelou, Graduation. Paulo Freire, The Banking Concept of Education. Richard Rodriguez, The Achievement of Desire. Adrienne Rich, Taking Women Students Seriously. Cluster 3: Belief. Langston Hughes, Salvation. Joel Engardio, Learning True Tolerance.+ Paul Davies, Taking Science on Faith.+ John Allen Paulos, God and Girls in Thailand.+ Extending the Conversations.
Cluster 1: Exploring Love. Kristin van Ogtrop, Attila the Honey I''m Home. bell hooks, On Building a Community of Love. Eric Liu, Song for My Father.+ Cluster 2: Complicating Relationships. Laura Kipnis, Off Limits: Should Students Be Allowed to Hook Up with Professors? David Brooks, The Power of Marriage. Anna Quindlen, Say Farewell to Pin Curls. William Jelani Cobb, The Other L-Word. Cluster 3: Rethinking Relationships. Judy Syfers Brady, Why I Want a Wife. David Sedaris, Consider the Stars.+ Jaimie Epstein, Sentence Sensibility.+ Anthony Doerr, Window of Possibility.+ Extending the Conversations.
Cluster 1: The Politics of Language. Amy Tan, Mother Tongue. Deborah Tannen, Sex, Lies and Conversation. Gloria Anzaldúa, How to Tame a Wild Tongue. Gary Sloan, Sleuthing Patriotic Slogans. Cluster 2: Writing Matters. June Jordan, Nobody Mean More to Me Than You and the Future Life of Willie Jordan. Min Zhan Lu, From Silence to Struggle. Jimmy Santiago Baca, Becoming a Poet. Susan Jacoby, Just Us Folks.+ Cluster 3: Beyond Words. Bakari Kitwana, The Challenge of Rap Music. Jean Kilbourne, Jesus Is a Brand of Jeans.+ Farhad Manjoo, How Photos Support Your Own "Reality."+ Extending the Conversations.
Cluster 1: What Is Power? Mary Crow Dog, Civilize Them with a Stick.+ Zachary Scott-Singley, A Soldier''s Thoughts.+ John F. Kennedy, Power and Poetry.+ THE ONION, Bill of Rights Pared Down to a Manageable Six. Cluster 2: The Process of Power. George Orwell, Politics and the English Language. Lani Guinier, The Tyranny of the Majority. Wendell Berry, Thoughts in the Presence of Fear. Cluster 3: Challenging Power. Henry David Thoreau, Resistance to Civil Government. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail. bell hooks, Talking Back. Extending the Conversations.
10. LIVING TOGETHER.
Cluster 1: Creating Living Spaces. Melissa Holbrook Pierson, Losing Home.+ Brent Staples, Just Walk On By.+ Will Yandik, Ridding the American Landscape of Lawn. Marcus Renner, The People''s Freeway.+ Cluster 2: Communities. Judith Warner, Memory Refill.+ Paul Goldberger, Disconnected Urbanism. Cyrus Sanai, Community Kills.+ Cluster 3: Valuing Place. E. B. White, Once More to the Lake. Scott Russell Sanders, Stillness. Suzanne Berne, Where Nothing Says Everything. Wendy Mitman Clarke, Tea with Giants.+ Extending the Conversations.
Cluster 1: Necessities. Barbara Kingsolver, A Good Farmer. Richard Corliss, Should We All Be Vegetarians? Stephen Doheny-Farina, The Grid and the Village.+ Rick Moranis, My Days Are Numbered.+ Cluster 2: The Politics of Consumption. Helena Norberg-Hodge, The March of the Monoculture. David Morris, Is Eating Local the Best Choice?+ Cathy McGuire, Get Me a Vegetable-Friendly Refrigerator!+ Cluster 3: Use and Consequences. Michael Pollan, Fast Food Meal.+ Donella Meadows, The Ski Store and the Real Cost of Fun. Dominique Browning, The Melting Point.+ Verlyn Klinkenborg, Some Thoughts on Living the Combustible Life.+ Extending the Conversations.
Cluster 1: Coming of Age. Lisa Belkin, Sharing Practical Truths, in Child-Sized Measures.+ Zara Kessler, One Last Day.+ Amy Goldwasser, What''s the Matter with Kids Today?+ Cluster 2: Progress. Kirkpatrick Sale, The Myth of Progress. Anna Quindlen, A Shock to the System. Donella Meadows, Ecological Destruction and a Vermont Farm in May. Michael Chorost, My Bionic Quest for BOLERO.+ Cluster 3: Global Change. Al Gore, Nobel Lecture.+ Nicki Bennett, Climate Migration.+ William O''Keefe, Climate Policy: A Reality Check.+ Extending the Conversations.