Friday, July 22, 2016

A Summer Reading List for Teachers

We can't believe that Summer College for Teachers came and went so quickly! During our time collaborating with high school educators in June, we often talked about non-fiction texts that teachers can use to revise their prompts, in order to bridge the gap between high school and college writing. Here is a list of recommendations, complied by Brendon Votipka. Check out the selections below and use them to revised your prompts before the new school year begins!

Nonfiction Reading List

Compiled by Brendon Votipka, Rutgers Writing Program

Arlie Russell Hochschild, The Commercialization of Intimate Life: Notes from Home and Work
Andrew Solomon, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

Susan Faludi, The Terror Dream: Myth and Misogyny in an Insecure America
Chuck Klosterman, I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)
Maggie Nelson, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning
Kurt Spellmeyer, Buddha at the Apocalypse: Awakening from a Culture of Destruction

Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
Michael Kimmel, Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men
Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric
Kenji Yoshino, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights

Daniel Gilbert, Stumbling on Happiness
Alison Gopnik, The Philosophical Baby: What Children’s Minds Tell Us about Truth, Love and the Meaning of Life
Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
Martha Stout, The Sociopath Next Door

Social Interaction
Susan Blackmore, The Meme Machine
Janet A. Flammang, The Taste for Civilization: Food, Politics, and Civil Society
Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
Sebastian Junger, Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

Technology & the Mind
Nicholas Carr, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
Cathy N. Davidson, Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century
Sherry Turkle, Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Sherry Turkle, Simulation and Its Discontents

Writing, Thinking, and Communication
Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, “They Say / I Say”: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing
bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom
Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
David Rosenwasser and Jill Stephen, Writing Analytically
Deborah Tannen, The Argument Culture
Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations

College-Level Nonfiction Anthologies
Barclay Barios, Emerging: Contemporary Readings for Writers
Michelle J. Brazier, Points of Departure: A Collection of Contemporary Essays
Kurt Spellmeyer and Richard E. Miller, The New Humanities Reader

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