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Freshman Composition Common Book Project

Many colleges and universities have their freshman read an important contemporary book during their first semester. Not only does reading this type of book reinforce one of the primary missions of higher education—to help students learn about the world they live in—but it provides an opportunity to introduce freshman to the kind of critical reading, thinking, and discussion that will be central to their experience in college. The San Antonio College Honors Academy in recent years has adopted this common book assignment for its Freshman Composition I classes (typically four sections each Fall).

This page shares essay assignments and other resources over the common book I have developed in the Honors classes I have taught. I want to thank my colleague, Laurie Coleman, with whom I have collaborated in teaching these Honors classes and developing these assignments. Although we each end up crafting our own versions of assignments, we collaborate in the development of these essay topics. These assignments are shared in the hopes that they may be helpful to other teachers crafting their own assignments over these excellent books.

sugar

The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes (2016)

(used Fall 2017 and Spring 2018)

 

between world

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)

(used Fall 2016)

 

merchants

 

Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes and Erik N. Conway (2011)

 

(used Fall 2015)

hotflat

Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas Friedman (2008)

 

(used Fall 2013)

 

        Last updates May 19, 2018