Articles / Essays / Stories
“Except a living man, there is nothing more wonderful than a book!” -Charles Kingsley

The articles, essays, short stories, poems, and novel assignments listed below are a great way to learn more about the craft of writing. (If you are taking one of my courses, follow the schedule of readings for your assignments.)

Articles on Writing:
Hearing Voices: Yours, Mine, Ours
How To Get Writing Done
Invention Throughout the Writing Process
Responding — To Other Students’ Writing
Revising Out
Steps of ING
Time, Tools, Talismans
Timm’s Tips for College Writing Success

Essays, Letters, Documents, and Speeches:
Black Men in Public Spaces by Brent Staples
Binge watching: where immersion, indulgence, and escapism meet
Binge Viewing Gets A Bad Rap
Creepy Language Tricks: Taco Bell by Dan Jurafsky
Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson et al.
Human Cost of an Illiterate Society  by Jonathan Kozol
Is Google Making Us Stupid? by Nicholas Carr
The Language of Food: Ice Cream by Dan Jurafsky
Learning to Read by Frederick Douglass
Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.
How use of Screen Media Affects the Emotional Development of Infants by Napier
Media and Children’s Aggression, Fear, and Altruism by Barbara J. Wilson
Mother Tongue by Amy Tan
So Hard to Say Goodbye (PDF) or So Hard to Say Goodbye (web) by Claire Suddath
Screen Addiction
Technology Doesn’t Dumb Us Down by Damin Darlin
What are Essays? (guide to rhetoric)
Why Don’t We Complain? by William F. Buckley

A & P by John Updike
A Pair of Tickets by Amy Tan
Babylon Revisited by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Bear Came Over the Mountain
by Alice Munro
No Name Woman by Maxine Hong Kingston
Recitatif by Toni Morrison
Roman Fever by Edith Wharton
Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
The Veldt by Ray Bradbury
What You Pawn I Will Redeem by Sherman Alexie
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Poetry Packet 1
Poetry Packet 2

Reference Materials/Links:
MLA Resources: Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Punctuation 911

Please order the books listed in your syllabus asap so that you have them by the second week of class. If you would like to read any of your books on a tablet or Kindle (or similar device), please purchase the copy sold by the publisher so that your page numbers are the same as the rest of the class.

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