Welcome to the third Read of the Common Read for 2013-2014 Academic year.
The chosen text is The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam.
Common Read Events, Spring 2014 Dates
Common Read Book Club Fall 2013 Dates
The second Read of the Common Read for 2012-2013 Academic year. The chosen text is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
Common Read Writing Contest Event Schedule
Based Upon The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
|Monday, January 28||First Day of Classes|
|Week of February 18||Distribute creative non-fiction essay assignment|
|Week of February 25||Creative non-fiction essay first draft due|
|Friday, March 8||All entries due to professor or English Dept.|
|Thursday, March 22||Short list entries due to judges|
|March 25 - April 2||Spring Break|
|Tuesday, April 2-Tuesday, April 9||Judges meet to select final winners|
|Wednesday, April 10||Winners contacted|
|Friday, April 26||Awards Event, 12 noon to 2 pm, S112|
Contest Category Overview
|Creative Non-Fiction Essay||See details||First $125
|Poetry||Poem of 12 lines or more
Subject related to race or health
|Short story||Three double-spaced pages
Subject related to race or health
Note: All prizes are Amazon.com gift cards.
(Contest open to current QCC students only)
In The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot uses many forms of research to find out who was the person from whom the HeLa cells were gathered and what happened to her and her family: She meets with doctors, scientists and members of Henrietta’s family, analyzes medical data, gathers material from archives, gains access to Henrietta’s medical records, and reviews previous articles published. Throughout the process of gathering this external research, Skloot emphasizes her own point of view, personal motivations and the journey her life takes in her search for answers to the many questions of the HeLa story.
Your assignment is to write a non-fiction essay that emphasizes your own experience in doing research. This essay will enable you to discuss your personal role in uncovering information, write creative description and narration and convince readers of your own informed point of view.
THREE SAMPLE QUESTIONS (CAN BE FURTHER PERSONALIZED BY INSTRUCTOR)
#1) Find out additional information about an acquaintance or family member who grew up during a different time period or is originally from a different country. What was her life like? What were her challenges? How was this research experience similar to or different from what Skloot reports she went through when she was trying to understand details about Henrietta Lacks’ history?
#2) Find out additional information about a job you are interested in pursuing. Interview someone who holds such a position (or similar one). What are the requirements, challenges and rewards of such a job? Have your goals changed since finding out this information? Did you have a similar experience to what Skloot reported when she first learned about Henrietta Lacks?
#3) Participate in a cultural event that is different from your own. What are the traditions of food, dress, celebration, family relationships and religious observance (if a religious culture)? How are they different than yours? What do you learn about your own culture observing these differences? Compare your experience to what Skloot went through when she observed the difference between the “”White Lackses” and the “Black Lackses.”
#4) Evaluate an interaction between a medical professional and a patient. Compare this interaction to what Skloot writes about Henrietta’s or Deborah’s experiences. Has the medical profession changed since Henrietta’s treatment? Why do you think these changes have occurred? Are there additional changes that need to be made?
3-4 pages, typed as a word document, double-spaced, 1 inch margins, 12 point font.
All entries must contain student telephone numbers.