Resource 32: Ta-Nehisi Coates Interviewed on NPR’s “Fresh Air”

This interview with Terry Gross on her NPR show Fresh Air was recorded in July 2015, right after the book Between the World and Me was published. In this discussion, Coates discusses many topics discussed in the book and the excerpt we are reading, “Letter to My Son”: his close friend Prince who was killed by the police, the complicated politics and risks of walking down the street as a kid in Baltimore, and an incident in which he was arrested for threatening a teacher while in high school and why he did it.

We won’t have time to listen to the full interview in class (though I hope to get at least to 20 min.!) Ā but you can listen to the whole length on your own:

Resource 31: “Letter to My Son” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

This essay, which appeared in The Atlantic in July 2015, is an excerpt from Coates’ book Between the World and Me, which went on to win many well deserved awards for the quality of its writing and the necessity of its subject. In our class, we will read this closely over two class sessions, and consider it in context of events that have happened since its writing and in context with other interviews and topicesĀ we have considered..

Resource 28: Ta-Nehisi Coates Interview (2014) with Chris Hayes

In this interview, which was conducted after Ta-Nehisi’s groundbreaking essay, “The Case for Reparations” includes Coates discussion of this topic and relates it to his childhood in Baltimore. We are watching this powerful discussion and thinking of these issues in context of Ā his later essay, “Letter to My Son.”

Writing for Success: Chapter on Revision

Writing For Success: Chapter 12.2: Developing a Final Draft of Your Research Paper

12.2 Developing a Final Draft of a Research Paper

This chapter is one we looked at thoroughly in class. There is advice for word choice and checklists that discuss how to approach revision. The material echoes techniques we’ve done throughout the semester. Keep working!

Here are transition sheets you’ve received. I’m including them again for easy access:
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Transitions for Beginnings, Middles, and Ends



“Six Myths about Choosing a College Major” – The New York Times

This article came out this week in the New York Times and may be of interest to you as you finish your first semester and think about college classes and registration for next semester. There is a chart that shows the lifetime earnings of various majors; however, the main gist is to pursue a major that you personally find value in pursuing.

No! This is not a “required” reading. It should be, however, of great interest to you.

Resource 22: “Introduction to Primary Research: Observations, Surveys, and Interviews”-Writing Spaces

In this essay, we will look primarily at the section on interviewing as a means of conducting primary research that will offer your unique contribution to a subject and will prove meaningful if done with integrity. This article by Dana Lynn Driscoll appears in Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 2. (2011)

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