ENG 1121 Readings & PowerPoints

Introductory Weeks


Bunn, Mike. “How to Read Like a Writer.” Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 2, 2011.  

Carroll, Laura, “Backpacks vs. Briefcases.” Writing Spaces 1: Readings on Writing. Anderson: Parlor Press, LLC, 2010.

Hassan, Mohamed, “(un)Learning My Name.” 30 Sept 2018.

“Online Discussions: Tips for Students.” University of Waterloo,

“Student Tips for Online Learning Success.” North Hennepin Community College

Willis-Abdurraqib, Hanif. “Zayn Malik and the Songs that Bring us to Prayer.” MTV News. 15 Mar 2016. 


Week 1 PowerPoint

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Module 1 – Discourse Communities

Bourdain, Anthony. “Don’t Eat Before Reading This.” The New Yorker. April 19, 1999.

Dirk, Kerry. “Navigating Genres.” Writing Spaces 1: Readings on Writing. Anderson: Parlor Press,

Melzer, Dan. “Understanding Discourse Communities.” Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 3, 2020.


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Module 2 – Inquiry-Based Research

Elbow, Peter. “Freewriting Exercises.” Writing without Teachers. New York: Oxford UP, 1973. 3-11.

Morrison, Sara. “The Year We Gave Up on Privacy.” Vox, December 23, 2020. https://www.vox.com/recode/22189727/2020-pandemic-ruined-digital-privacy.

Coates, Ta-Nahisi. “I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye.” The Atlantic, May 7, 2018. https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/05/im-not-black-im-kanye/559763/

Booker, Senator Cory. “Why I’m Behind the Athletes Bill of Rights.” Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated, 20 Jan. 2021, www.si.com/college/2021/01/20/cory-booker-athletes-bill-of-rights.

Muth, Marcia F. Researching and Writing: A Portable Guide. “Chapter 7: Using Sources Ethically.” Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2006.



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Module 3- New Audience, New Genre

EXAMPLES of Multimodal Texts

Video Essay: The Art of Trespassing

Podcast:  How the Worst Procrastinator I Know Led Seattle’s March for Our Lives

Illustrated Journal: “Documenting all the Small Things that are Easily Lost.” 

A Video Essay Toilet Paper Hoarding 

A photo essay California Fires : “2020 Can Go to Hell”

Illustrated Essay about The Strange Life of Objects During the Pandemic  

Comic:  I Am Stuck Between Two Lives During This Pandemic

Infographic: 100 New Yorkers

Spoken Word Poems: Stacey Ann Chin


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Graff, Gerald, and Cathy Birkenstein. “They Say / I Say” : the Moves That Matter in Academic Writing . Third edition. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2014. Print.