Monday, August 6, 2012

Some Online Readings

The following essays are online versions of readings used in Basic Composition (355:100) and Expository Writing (355:101) at Rutgers:

Belkin, Lisa. The Made to Order Savior

Berry, Wendell. "God, Science and Imagination"

Blackmore, Susan. "Strange Creatures"

Bremmer, Ian. "Democracy in Cyberspace"

Carr, Nicholas.  "Is Google Making Us Stupid?"

Chua, Amy. "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior"

Fallows, James.  “Win in China!” from Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China.  New 
York: Vintage, 2009. (Previously published in The Atlantic Monthly, April 2007).

Flammang, Janet. “Introduction” from The Taste for Civilization: Food, Politics, and Civil Society.  
Urbana: U of Il. Press, 2009. 1-21.
A good substitute: Michael Pollan, "The Food Movement Rising"

Gladwell, Malcolm.  “Small Change: Why The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted.”  The New Yorker 
86.30 (October 10, 2010): 42-49.  Print and online.

Gopnik, Alison. “Possible Worlds: Why do Children Pretend?” from The Philosophical Baby: What 
Chilrden’s Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life.  New York: Farrar, Straus and 
Giroux, 2009.  (19-46).
Hochschild. Arlie Russell.  “From the Frying Pan into the Fire” in The Commercialization of Intimate 
Life: Notes from Home and Work, published by University of California Press, 2003. ©2003 by 
Regents of the University of California. 
Klein, Naomi. Excerpt, pages xviii-xxvii, from “Preface: Fences of Enclosure, Windows of 
Possibility.”  Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate. New 
York: Picador, 2002 ©2002 by Naomi Klein.

Kristof, Nicholas D. and Sheryl WuDunn.  “Introduction: The Girl Effect” from Half the Sky: 
Turn Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.  New York: Knopf, 2009.  

Orr, Gregory.  “The Return to Hayneville.” The Virginia Quarterly Review 84 no3 29, 28, 30-43 
Summer 2008.

Siebert, Charles.  "An Elephant Crackup?" 

Slater, Lauren.  “Who Holds the Clicker?” Mother Jones.  November 2005.  63-67, 90, 92. 

Smith, Zadie. “Speaking in Tongues.”  The New York Review of Books.  February 26, 2009. 

Specter, Michael.  "A Life of Its Own."

Turkle, Sherry.  “Introduction: Alone Together/The Robotic Moment/Connectivity and Its 
Discontents/Romancing The Machine: Two Stories” from Alone Together: Why We Expect More 
from Technology and Less from Each Other.  New York: Basic Books, 2011. ©2011 by Sherry Turkle. 

Yoshino, Kenji.  “Preface” and “Racial Covering” from Covering: The Hidden Assault on our Civil 
Rights.  New York: Randomhouse, 2007.  ix-xii and 111-141. ©2006 by Kenji Yoshino. 

Teaching with Technology Links

Online References

Expos the Movie
Videos about Expository Writing, tutoring, and other Writing Program interests.

Writing Program Institute

Samples of Using Technology

College 201

Composition and New Media (Rutgers Future Scholars, Rising 10th grade)

Online Tools

Google Docs
Useful for online peer review, supervised revision, and collaborative writing.  Especially useful for tracking student revision processes (see minute 10 onward of

Useful for research writing projects, collaborative writing projects, and publishing multimedia.

Great for presentations.

Glogster -- also
Specifically for developing poster presentations.

One of many sites for creating free websites.  Others include Wix and Webs.

An education-friendly site for creating wikis, which are useful for collecting information, organizing links, and sharing collaborative research projects.

A site for creating video.  Others include YouTube’s video editor ( and Video Toolbox (