Common Reading Experience
Pick Up a Copy
Every new, first-year student has a FREE copy of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on hold at the USF Bookstore. Visit the Textbook Pickup Center in the lower level of the bookstore to pick up your copy.
Transfer and other upper-level students may purchase their own copy at the USF Bookstore. The book is available at the USF Library in print or electronically.
About the Program
The university-wide common reading program seeks to unite students from across disciplines by inviting them to read and discuss together. The CRE Curriculum includes book integrations for at least two main course groups: FYC classes (ENC 1101 and 1102) and University Experience classes (SLS 1101).
The First-Year Composition program supports the common reading experience throughout the semester by using the text as a generative invention tool. Students begin the semester by thinking critically about the issues raised by the book and writing a response to these matters in a First-Day Diagnostic writing prompt. At the end of the semester, students will be invited to revise their diagnostic essays using the skills they have practiced and developed in ENC 1101 and ENC 1102, and exemplary essays will be “published” (with the permission of the student) to the First-Year Composition website.
The Common Reading Experience will also be used as a basis for guided discussion, a source for examples related to projects and assignments, and a common resource for daily classroom activities. Through an exploration of the issues at stake in this narrative and the rhetorical choices made by the author, students will gain an understanding of the impact writing can have on individual lives and broader, global communities.