The Core Composition Sequence at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY

2021 Summer Reading List

Below are lists of works we consulted during our revision work on the Eng 12 Curriculum Guide 2.0, works we recommend for further reading, and our newest suggestions for readings to broaden your horizons. Please scroll around to see whether there’s an area of composition scholarship here that piques your interest this summer.

Works Consulted

Ashanti-Young, Vershawn. “It Ain’t What It is: Code Switching and the White American Celebrationists”

Ashanti-Young, Vershawn. “Should Writers Use They Own English?”

Dolmage, Jay. “Mapping Composition: Inviting Disability in the Front Door”

Grayson, Mara Lee. “Racial Literacy is Literacy: Locating Racial Literacy in the College Composition Classroom”

Horner, Lu, Royster, & Trimbur “Language difference in writing: toward a translingual approach” 

Inoue, Asao. “Problematizing Grading and the White Habitus of the Writing Classroom”

Kynard, Camen. “Writing While Black: The Colour Line, Black discourses and assessment in the institutionalization of writing instruction”

Lee, Jerry Won. “Beyond Translingual Writing”

Martinez, Aja. “A Plea for Critical Race Theory Counterstory: Stock Story versus Counterstory Dialogues Concerning Alejandra’s “Fit” in the Academy” 

Parmegiani, Andrea. “Bridging Literacy Practices Through Storytelling, Translanguaging, and an Ethnographic Partnership: A Case Study of Dominican Students at Bronx Community College”

Radical Teacher vol 115 focused on Anti-Oppressive Composition Pedagogies; multiple authors

Sealey Ruiz, Yolanda. “Building Racial Literacy in First-Year Composition” 

Skerrett, Allison. “English teachers’ racial literacy knowledge and practice”

Villareal & Garcia. “Self-determination and Goal Aspirations: African American and Latino Males’ Perceptions of Their Persistence in Community College Basic and Transfer-Level Writing Courses”

Womack, Anne-Marie. “Teaching is Accommodation: Universally Designing Composition Classrooms and Syllabi”

Wood, Harrison, & Jones. “Black Males’ Perceptions of the Work-College Balance: The Impact of Employment on Academic Success in the Community College”


Recommended for Further Reading

Ashanti-Young, Vershawn Ashanti. Your Average Nigga: Performing Race, Literacy, and Masculinity

Ashanti-Young, Vershawn Ashanti, Rusty Barrett, Y’Shanda Young-Rivera, and Kim Brian Lovejoy. Other People’s English: Code-Meshing, Code-Switching, and African American Literacy

Baker-Bell, April. Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy

Davila, Bethany. “Standard English and Colorblindness in Composition Studies: Rhetorical Constructions of Racial and Linguistic Neutrality” 

Elbow, Peter. Vernacular Eloquence: What Speech Can Bring to Writing.  

Garcia, Romeo, and Damián Baca. Rhetorics Elsewhere and Otherwise

Guerra, Juan. Language, Culture, Identity and Citizenship in College Classrooms and Communities 

hooks, bell. Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom

Inoue, Asao B. Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing For A Socially Just Future 

Inoue, Asao B., and Mya Poe. Race and Writing Assessment

Kynard, Carmen. Vernacular Insurrections: Race, Black Protest, and the New Century in Composition-Literacies Studies

Maraj, M. Black or Right: Anti/Racist Campus Rhetorics

Martinez, Aja Y. Counterstory: The Rhetoric and Writing of Critical Race Theory

Matsuda, Paul Kei. “The Myth of Linguistic Homogeneity in U.S. College Composition”

Perryman-Clark, Staci, and Collin Lamont Craig. Black Perspectives in Writing Program Administration: From the Margins to the Center 

Perryman-Clark, Staci, David E. Kirkland, and Justin Jackson. Students’ Right to Their Own Language: A Critical Source Book

Ruiz, Iris D., and Raúl Sánchez. Decolonizing Rhetoric and Composition Studies: New Latinx Keywords for Theory and Pedagogy

Smitherman, Geneva. Talkin and Testifyin: The Language of Black America

Villanueva, Victor. “On the Rhetorics and Precedents of Racism”


The CRC’s latest reading recommendations

Various works by Annette Lareau, author of Unequal Childhoods

All parts of this issue of the Journal of Writing Assessment, special issue on placement reform in the TYC  

Ibram Kendi How to be an Antiracist

Louis M. Maraj Black or Right: Anti/Racist Campus Rhetorics

Bridging the Multimodal Gap: From Theory to Practice, eds. Santosh Khadka & J.C. Lee

Check out the TOC and general approach of Writing about Writing as an example of a writing-focused orientation to instruction

Adler-Kassner, Linda and Elizabeth Wardle. Naming What We Know: Threshold Concepts of Writing Studies

Adler-Kassner, Linda and Elizabeth Wardle. (Re)Considering What We Know: Learning Thresholds in Composition, Rhetoric and Literacy

Ball, Cheryl E. and Drew M. Loewe, Eds. Bad Ideas about Writing 

Blum, Susan. Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead) 

Bolling, Ben. “Transmedia Superheroes, Multimodal Composition, and Digital Literacy.” With Great Power, Comes Great Pedagogy: Teaching, Learning, and Comics.

Pedagogue Episodes (podcast about FYC) AND Pedagogue and DBLAC (Digital Black Lit and Composition) collaborated on a miniseries that amplifies the pedagogies, practices, writings, and lived-experiences of Black-identified graduate students. Each episode is a conversation designed to uplift and celebrate Black teachers-scholars-students-activists. Episodes DBLAC/Pedagogue 

Center for an Urban Future “Opportunity Costs

Lisa Delpit “Acquisition of Literate Discourse: Bowing Before the Master?”