I was never an athletic child, so in the 6th grade I decided that I would get in the band. I had no idea that this decision would put me on the path to meet Dr. Thomas and Mr. Bonner. They challenged me to strive for excellence. I ate, slept, and breathed band; it meant the world to me. Through the band, I learned discipline, dedication, and determination. It helped me breakout of my shell of shyness. Without that I would not have met any of the people I consider to be friends. There are many people who say “it’s just band,” but it is so much more, there is an emotion that it gives to me. This emotion is almost impossible to explain, but you know it is there. Band, helped me get in touch with my musical side, and what is life without music?Overview
Ideas Across Time gives depth to students' writing by helping them make connections between their contemporary world and the important ideas that have shaped it. Beginning with a contemporary selection that ties the chapter's idea to the student's experience, each chapter proceeds to introduce students to significant and influential writers and thinkers. Thoughtful and provoking reading apparatus helps students understand challenging concepts, encourages them to develop ideas in their writing, and prompts them to research new questions.
Table of contents
CHAPTER ONE: AMERICAN IDENTITY
Joel L. Swerdlow, Changing America (Keynote)
St. John De Crevecoeur, What is an American?
James Baldwin, The Discovery of What It Means To Be An American
Mary Gordon, The Ghosts of Ellis Island
Judith Ortiz Cofer, Silent Dancing
Walt Whitman, Song of Myself
The American Effect: Global Perspectives on the United States, 1990-2003
CHAPTER TWO: BELIEF
Gregory Rodriguez, Catholic Confession (Keynote)
Selections from the King James Bible
Selections from the Qur’an
Selections from the Analects of Confucius
Selections from the Rig Veda and the Upanishads
Tom Paine, What I Believe...