Stepping On My Brother's Head and Other Secrets Your English Professor Never Told You: A College Reader

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Listen to the National Writing Project's interview with Charles Schuster and Sondra Perl about Stepping on My Brother's Head

"Good Writers Read for Pleasure." -Sondra Perl and Charles Schuster

Sondra Perl and Charles Schuster know the importance of inspiring your writers to read. That's what inspired them to develop a new kind of college reader-one that tells never-before-seen stories and serves them up in surprising ways. These twelve provocative essays by some of America's most distinguished teachers of writing were written to grab your students' interest. The essays will keep them turning pages. We think they'll want to read them and re-read them, talk about them, think about them, and learn to do what they do best: engage an audience through a unique blend of form, content, style, verve, and voice.

Sondra and Charles have also developed an online instructor's manual that gives teachers insight into the composing process each of the contributors went through as they wrote their essay. Writers discuss their choice of subject; their organization, phrasing, and genre; their purpose in writing and whether they achieved their goal; and what challenges they faced and how they resolved them.

Bring the pleasure of reading good writing to your students. These stories await you.

Enter a comic Twilight Zone of childhood memories-Stepping On My Brother's Head by Charles Schuster
Read about a middle-aged man's adolescent adventure-Sneaking Into the Movies by Lad Tobin
Take a leap into flight with a daring English professor on the flying trapeze-"Hep!" by Mary Pinard
Discover how letters and language lead to a loving relationship-E-Love by Harriet Malinowitz
Ask yourself why a teenage boy tells wildly fantastic stories about his family-The Time of Lies by Janet Eldred
Journey through writing a life, one poem at a time-Revealing Secrets, Writing Poems by Sondra Perl

  • The City in the Back of the Mind by Mike Rose
  • Leaving Home by Jenny Spinner
  • Theories of Intelligence by Bruce Ballenger
  • Surfacing: Secrets of the Women's Locker Room by Lynn Bloom
  • Ella: Family Stories, Family Secrets by Rebecca Faery
  • It's Just Like Benheim by Mimi Schwartz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867095920
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 146
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles I. Schuster is Director of the Honors College at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Past-President of the Council of Writing Program Administrators and former Director of the NCTE Commission on Composition, he has written extensively on Mikhail Bakhtin, the teaching of writing, and contemporary essayists.

Sondra Perl, Ph.D., is Professor of English at Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York where she coordinates the Ph.D. program in composition and rhetoric. An acclaimed teacher and a Guggenheim Fellow, Dr. Perl has been leading writing workshops on college campuses and in universities, in North America and abroad, for over 20 years.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Sondra Perl Charles Schuster viii

Stepping On My Brother's Head Charles Schuster 1

Sneaking into the Movies Lad Tobin 13

"Help" Mary Pinard 23

Surfacing: Secrets of the Women's Locker Room Lynn Bloom 38

Leaving Home Jenny Spinner 47

Theories of Intelligence Bruce Ballenger 55

E-Love Harriett Malinowitz 63

The Time of Lies Janet Eldred 77

"Just Like in Benheim" Mimi Schwartz 93

The City in the Back of the Mind Mike Rose 101

Ella: Family Stories, Family Secrets Rebecca Faery 115

Revealing Secrets, Writing Poems Sondra Perl 129

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