Gardner, Howard. Five Minds for the Future. Boston, Mass: Harvard Business School, 2009. Print. Gardner, famous for his theory of multiple intelligences, guides parents and teachers about how students today need to be prepared for a future that will require different skills from the past and present. I chose this book to help students discuss their educational experiences and present their response to the chapter chosen by their group.
Gould, Stephen J. "Women's Brains." Google Books. Web. 13 Jan. 2012. <http://books.google.com/bce ooks?id=7T3HMhAveokC>. In this essay, Gould analyzes Broca's experiments about women's intelligence and the implications on perspectives on gender and race. You will be expected to refer to this essay when you write your essay on gender.
Hacker, Diana, and Nancy I. Sommers. Rules for Writers. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2012. Print. This text includes all the guidelines needed to write an academic essay. You will use this text to review the writing process, grammar and editing rules, and MLA guidelines not only in this class but also in others.
Lahiri, Jhumpa. "Notes from a Literary Apprenticeship." The New Yorker. 11 June 2011. Web. 12 Jan. 2012. <http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/06/13/110613fa_fact_lahiri>. A novelist, Lahiri, reflects on her experiences as a young reader and writer: she explains the impact of her parents on her literary aspirations. In your second essay, you will be expected to compare and contrast your writing experiences to hers.
London, Scott. "A View From the Melting Pot - An Interview with Richard Rodriguez." Scott London. Web. 12 Jan. 2012. <http://www.scottlondon.com/interviews/rodriguez.html>. In this interview Rodriguez talks about his perspective on bilingual education, Latino culture, and his childhood experiences. Rodriguez' perspectives are controversial and will help you reflect on your own experiences for your first essay on education.
Menand, Louis. "A Critic at Large: Comp Time." The New Yorker. 11 Sept. 2000. Web. 12 Jan. 2012. <http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2000/09/11/2000_09_11_092_TNY_LIBRY_000021660>. In this book review, Menand critiques Williams' “Sin Boldly! Dr. Dave’s Guide to Writing the College Paper”. You can identify whether Williams' guidelines will help you as writers.
"Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave: Chapter VI." Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE. UC Berkeley, 4 June 97. Web. 12 Jan. 2012. <http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Literature/Douglass/Autobiography/06.html>. Douglass, a social reformer, politician, and writer, in his autobiography writes about his experience learning to read and write as a slave. For your first essay on education, this piece will help you trace your learning experiences and analyze what motivated you to learn.