Higher Learning: Reading and Writing about College

Overview

College students, especially first-year students, often feel isolated on campuses. The degree to which they feel a sense of place and find a way of fitting in determines how well they perform. Higher Learning offers "inside" stories of college life and university culture, 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 ...

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Overview

College students, especially first-year students, often feel isolated on campuses. The degree to which they feel a sense of place and find a way of fitting in determines how well they perform. Higher Learning offers "inside" stories of college life and university culture, 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 ethnicity, class, age, gender, and sexual diversity.

Features include:

  • Quality readings written by both students and professionals
  • Critical thinking points for each of the readings
  • Recommended films
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780536291820
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Patti See teaches courses in critical thinking, learning strategies, transitions to college, and third-wave feminism. She also supervises tutoring programs for students of color; students with disabilities; and first-generation, low-income students.

Her stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Salon Magazine, Women's Studies Quarterly, Journal of Developmental Education, The Wisconsin Academy Review, The Southwest Review, as well as other magazines and anthologies. She speaks at universities and conferences on a variety of topics, including First-Year Experience, Third-Wave feminism, women in popular films, critical thinking, and creative writing. Patti was the recipient of the 2004 Academic Staff Excellence in Performance Award from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Bruce Taylor teaches courses in First-Year Experience, Introduction to College Writing, Creative Writing, and American Literature in the Honors Program. He is the author of five chapbooks of poetry; he is the editor of seven anthologies. His poetry, prose, and translations have appeared in such places as Carve Magazine, The Chicago Review, The Exquisite Corpse, The Nation Nerve, The New York Quarterly, The Northwest Review, Poetry, and E2ink-1: the Best of the Online Journals 2002.

He has also served as a member of the Literature Panel of the Wisconsin Arts Board and host of The Writer's Workshop: Wisconsin ETN, and he has served as program scholar and consultant for the Wisconsin Humanities Council, the Lila Wallace Foundation, the L.E. Phillips Library, and the Annenberg/CPB Project. Bruce has won awards and fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board, Fullbright-Hayes, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Bush Artist Foundation, and he was the recipient of the 2004 Excellence in Scholarship Award from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each part concludes with Further Suggestions for Writing and Selected Films.

* = New selections.)

1. WHERE WE'RE COMING FROM: LEAVING OTHER LIVES.

From Up from Slavery, Booker T. Washington. Incurring My Mother's Displeasure, Zitkala-Sa. *From One Writer’s Beginnings, Eudora Welty. *Saved, Malcolm X. Miss Rinehart's Paddle, Jeri McCormick. 50% Chance of Lightning, Cristina Salat. Somewhere in Minnesota, Peter Klein. *LD, Jeff Richards. *School’s Out: One Young Man Puzzles Over His Future Without College, Lara Sessions Stepp. *8th Grade Final Exam (1895).

2. SCHOOL DAZE: LIFE IN THE FIRST YEAR.

A Day in the Life Of, Greg Adams. My First Week at Mizzou, Andrew Hicks. From Diary of a Freshman, Charles Macomb Flandreau. Take This Fish and Look at It, Samuel H. Scudder. Hunters and Gatherers, Jennifer Hale. Theme for English B, Langston Hughes. *From Lummox: Evolution of a Man, Mike Magnuson. The English Lesson, Nicholasa Mohr. Outside In: The Life of a Commuter Student, Patti See. From I Walk in Beauty, Davina Ruth Begaye Two Bears. From The Freshman Year Thrill Ride, Missy Loney and Julie Feist.

III. STUDENT RELATIONS: FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND LOVERS.

Raspberries, Jennifer Fandel. Ten Commandments for a College Freshman, Joseph McCabe. First Love, R.A. Sasaki. Carmen, Jennifer Sheridan. “Who Shall I Be?” The Allure of a Fresh Start, Jennifer Crichton. What It's Really Like, Frank Smoot. No More Kissing–Aids Everywhere, Michael Blumenthal. The Blue-Light System, Katie Roiphe. *Dear Concerned Mother, Jill Wolfson. *The Undeclared Major, Will Weaver. The Good Student Apologizes to His Professor and to the Girl in Room 303, Ron Watson. Homeward Bond, Daisy Nguyen. *Everyday Use, Alice Walker.

IV. TEACHER, TEACHER: WILL THIS BE ON THE TEST?

*Did I Miss Anything?, Tom Wayman. Grading Your Professors, Jacob Neusner. *From Tales Out of School, Susan Richards Shreve. No Immediate Danger, Mary McLaughlin Slëchta. Teachers: A Primer, Ron Wallace. Open Admissions, Shirley Lauro. *What Teachers Make, Taylor Mali.

V. BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: LOOKING FORWARD, LOOKING BACK.

When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer, Walt Whitman. *The Art of Regret, Jonathon Ritz. Raising My Hand, Antler. The Eighty-Yard Run, Irwin Shaw. Reunion, Dawn Karima Pettigrew. Scarlet Ribbons, Michael Perry. Signed, Grateful, Kate Boyes. Passion, Monica Coleman. *On the Radio, Richard Terrill.

Appendix: Thinking and Writing About Film.

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