Dear prospective SUPA student,

I am looking forward to working with you in the Syracuse University courses in the fall.  Over the summer, I would like you to complete the following assignments:

  1. Read and annotate the following article: The Banking Concept of Education” by Paulo Freire  which is available to download on the library website or can be accessed here:

It is an interesting piece that we will use as we begin to unpack what matters when we analyze our genre study concerning entrance into the collegiate world.

  1. I would also like you read at least one non-fiction work from the New York Times best-seller list that you deem interesting. Please try for something semi-current, and of course, something you have not already read. Next, find 2 articles (from newsworthy sources) that advance, highlight ideas, question beliefs or somehow speak to notions situated in your selected book.

Finally, for both works, please keep a journal of questions, thoughts, and insights that arise as you read.  It is so important that you think and ask the key SUPA phrase that will become a part of your vernacular next year… “What’s at stake, why does it matter and for whom?” There are no right or wrong answers, or questions here; the goal is simply to think!  Please note that the Freire article will be a focal part of our syllabi as we begin the jumpstart unit for WRT 105 in September (thus, you might think about reading it with that time frame in mind). I also highly encourage you to read other books for pleasure, and listen to NPR because it stimulates thinking.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or thoughts that you would like to share over the summer (about the article, or questions concerning the course in general).  My email address is and I will check it often over the summer break. Enjoy your summer, and get ready to think a bit differently!


Best, Ms. Donegan