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Great World Texts

Message From Author Maxine Hong Kingston to Students

Author, Maxine Hong Kingston

Hola, Dear Readers!

Welcome to my world. I do hope that my world and your world mesh, and we understand one another's human realities. I like imagining you reading THE WOMAN WARRIOR, and my memoir illuminating an actual experience of your own. How terrific it would be if I could possibly come to New York in the Spring, and hear you talk-story.

Yours,

Maxine


Scenes from Great World Texts Reading and Celebration 2012

 

Great World Texts is a collaboration between Writing Program faculty and students and New York City public high school teachers and students. Each year we choose a canonical work or "contemporary classic," and develop complementary multimedia classroom resources.

Through a special tutorial, undergraduate students become mentors in the high schools, assisting in the reading, discussing and writing about the text. Over the course of the semester, the mentors assist the high school students in developing writing projects inspired by the book.

The texts chosen for the project so far: Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney (2012), Lazarillo de Tormes, whose author is anonymous (2011), Chronicle of a Death Foretold  by Gabriel García Márquez (2010), Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya (2009), and Weep Not Child  by Ngugi wa Thiong'o (2008).

In fall 2013, we read The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston. The Great World Texts faculty adviser is Jeanette Tran. The partner NYC public schools are Bronx Academy of Letters, The Facing History School, and Marta Valle High School.

This year, GWT also "goes global," partnering not only with three NYC high schools but expanding to NYU Buenos Aires. There, Anna Kazumi Stahl, creative writer and comparative literature professor, serves as the faculty advisor to NYU students acting as mentors at Lenguas Vivas High School, which offers education in a number of languages.

Great World Texts book covers







In Great World Texts 2011, students from Marta Valle High School wrote their own picaresque stories, set in contemprorary situations. Here is the cover to their book.

Sample writing projects from Great World Texts 2010:


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NYU

Staff
Andrew Romig, Faculty Adviser, Gallatin School
Gregory Erickson, Writing Committee Chair, Gallatin School
June Foley, Writing Program Director, Gallatin School
Rosa Pietanza, NYU Coordinator for Partnership Schools
Molly Kleiman, Writing Program Coordinator, Gallatin School
Amallia Orman, Project Coordinator, Gallatin School

Gallatin Undergraduate Mentors
Molly Allanoff
Alex Chernow
Jennifer Deutscher
Shefali Lohia
Samuel Magida
Zane Sterling

New York City Public Schools

Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School
Nancy Mann, Principal
Marlene Reichert, Teacher

The Facing History School
Dana Panagot, Principal
Lara Maul, Teacher

Marta Valle High School
Mimi Fortunato, Principal
Susan Klein, Teacher


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NYU Staff
Millery Polyné, Faculty Adviser, Gallatin School
Gregory Erickson, Writing Committee Acting Chair, Gallatin School
June Foley, Writing Program Director, Gallatin School
Rosa Pietanza, Coordinator for Partnership Schools
Molly Kleiman, Writing Program Coordinator, Gallatin School
Evan Commander, Project Coordinator
Lis Carney, Photographer
Collin Munn, Designer

Gallatin Undergraduate Mentors
Ryan Casey
Anna Duensing
Marley Gunter
Jenny Joyal
Tie Taylor
Hanna Troxel


New York City Public Schools

Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School
Nancy Mann, Principal
Laura Geary, Teacher

Gramercy Arts High School
Denise DeCarlo, Principal
Teresa Sullivan, Teacher

Marta Valle High School
Mimi Fortunato, Principal
Susan Klein, Teacher


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NYU Staff
Marie Cruz Soto, Faculty Adviser, Gallatin School
Stacy Pies, Writing Committee Chair, Gallatin School
June Foley, Writing Program Director, Gallatin School
Rosa Pietanza, Coordinator for Partnership Schools
Molly Kleiman, Writing Program Coordinator, Gallatin School
Evan Commander, Project Coordinator
Aaron Berman, Photographer
Courtney Hopkins, Designer

Gallatin Undergraduate Mentors
Melissa Campbell
Ben Easton
Nick Glastonbury
Kassandra Khalil
Robert Raymond
Madeleine Witenberg

New York City Public Schools

Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School
Nancy Mann, Principal
Laura Geary, Teacher

New Design High School
Scott Conti, Principal
John Istel, Teacher

Henry Street School for International Studies
Erin McMahon, Principal
Ramsey Wise, Teacher


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NYU Staff
Millery Polyné, Faculty Adviser, Gallatin School
Stacy Pies, Writing Committee Chair, Gallatin School
June Foley, Writing Program Director, Gallatin School
Rosa Pietanza, Coordinator for Partnership Schools
Molly Kleiman, Project Coordinator
Aaron Berman, Photographer
Courtney Hopkins, Designer

Gallatin Undergraduate Mentors
Tamara Davidson
Rachel Easterly
Harley Jones
Eric Shethar
Benjamin Stein
Casey Stikker

 

New York City Public Schools

Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School
Nancy Mann, Principal
Meredith Bawden, Teacher
Sarah Montgomery-Glinski, Teacher

New Design High School
Scott Conti, Principal
John Istel, Teacher

High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies
Li Yan, Principal
Patricia Mahr, Teacher

 


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NYU Staff
Millery Polyné, Faculty Adviser, Gallatin School
Stacy Pies, Writing Committee Chair, Gallatin School
June Foley, Writing Program Director, Gallatin School
Rosa Pietanza, Coordinator for Partnership Schools
Molly Kleiman, Project Coordinator
Tre Shallowhorn, Videographer
Brian Wang, Designer

Gallatin Undergraduate Mentors
Kat Harrison
Christina Liang
Tegan McDonough
Jake Podhurst
Mickey Sanchez
Duke Tran

 

New York City Public High Schools

Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School
Nancy Mann, Principal
Emily Sintz, Assistant Principal
Meredith Bawden, Teacher
Valerie Mantz, Teacher

Henry Street School for International Studies
Erin Balet, Principal
Karin Wissmann, Teacher

 

Nairobi High Schools

Aga Khan Academy
David Wandera, Teacher

Rusinga School
Patricia Echessa-Kariuki, Teacher

 

Scenes from the Great World Texts final presentations, where participating students share their writing.

Scenes from the Great World Texts final presentations, where participating students share their writing.


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