All American Boys and Empathy

Inertia to Action (Morton and Lounsbury)

Essay 2 WRIT 1000 (1)

Shared by Lynn Reid

This assignment asks students to use Morton and Lounsbury’s article in an analysis of the YA novel All American Boys and its potential for creating empathy in readers. We read the article to the top of page 57, and students write their analysis focusing on one particular theme.

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Elizabeth is a professor of developmental reading and writing at Illinois Central College. Growing up in Arvin, CA, Elizabeth was forever shaped by the injustices as well as the community and shared responsibility created by the migrant farming situation. As a first-generation college student and community college graduate, Elizabeth is a fierce advocate of open admissions and basic writing programs. While pursuing her Ph.D. in Writing Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Elizabeth focused on basic writing, literacy studies, and disability studies. Her dissertation explored how the introduction of standardized intelligence testing and the eugenics movement converged with limited understandings of literacy to create the category of learning disabilities. That history informs her academic obsession with public (mis)understandings of basic writers. In her non-academic life, Elizabeth is a wife, mom, dog lover, and good food fanatic.

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