The Common Reading Program is an essential piece of your First-Year Experience at Wright State University. It was developed:
- To expose you to our academic atmosphere from the time you arrive on campus for Orientation
- To provide a common academic experience for all first-year students by giving you the opportunity to engage with your peers in intellectual discussions both inside and outside the classroom.
- To communicate the expectation that you will begin to read actively and critically, make judgments about the validity of what you read and be able to discuss challenging, sometimes conflicting, ideas.
You will also be provided with a series of interconnected academic and beyond-the-classroom activities that will challenge your critical thinking and evaluation of the text through your Learning Community and in many of your General Education courses.
We ask you to become an active member of the Raider community from the start by participating in this shared reading experience, discussing a controversial book, considering the issues it raises, formulating your own views, and sharing them with your teachers and classmates.
Common Text 2014
The Fault In Our Stars
By John Green
Beautifully conceived and executed, this story artfully examines the largest possible considerations—life, love, and death—with sensitivity, intelligence, honesty, and integrity. In the process, Green shows his readers what it is like to live with cancer, sometimes no more than a breath or a heartbeat away from death. But it is life that Green spiritedly celebrates here, even while acknowledging its pain.
Students will receive a copy of the Common Text at Orientation
Students and parents are invited to Fall 2014 Common Text Events
First-year students participating in Common Text events should consider becoming eligible for the First Year Student Distinction Award of up to $250. Learn more at FYSDA.
Common Text 2013
The Other Wes Moore
One Name, Two Fates
By Wes Moore
Two kids with the same name, living in the same city. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison for felony murder. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.
Previous Common Texts
Previous Common Texts used by Wright State University
- Lost in Translation '12-'13
- Zeitoun '11-'12
- A Long Way Gone '10-'11
- Three Cups of Tea '09-'10
- Freakonomics '08-'09
- Inconvenient Truth '07-'08
- Eagle's Shadow '05–'07
- Let Your Life Speak '04–'05
- Nickel and Dimed '03–'04