Common Reading

Welcome to TCU! Over the next few years, you will discover many traditions that form an essential part of the TCU experience. The Common Reading Program—a shared learning experience for all incoming students—is one of those traditions. Through interactive group discussions led by world-class faculty and staff, the Common Reading offers your first glimpse into the TCU learning community.

2021 Common Reading Information

2019

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

First-year students will receive the book at Orientation OR it will be mailed to their permanent home address the first week in July if they do not attend a May/June Orientation.  Your assignment is to read the book and complete a brief essay in preparation for your Common Reading discussion on Friday, August 23.  The assignment will be given when you receive the book, and can also be found on the Submit Your Assignment page. Your essay is due no later than August 5, 2019.

This year’s Common Reading Program is part of TCU’s welcome week, Frogs First. We are excited to welcome Angie Thomas to TCU, who will address the Class of 2023 on Thursday, August 22. We are pleased to provide an opportunity for 20-25 incoming students to attend a meet & greet with Angie Thomas immediately following her presentation. Students interested in being considered for this opportunity must upload their written assignment by July 15 and indicate your interest on the submission form.  Students will be selected based on their engagement of the book and quality of their writing in their submitted essays.

On Friday, August 23, incoming students will participate in Common Reading discussion groups with TCU faculty and staff. Your faculty/staff and classroom location is assigned by Frogs First groups, which you will receive when you move into your residence hall room.  Students will have breakfast in the Commons at 8am with their Frogs First groups, and will then travel with their group to their classroom location at 9am. Students should bring their essay, The Hate U Give book, and a pen.

Please contact commonreading@tcu.edu with any additional questions.

Go Frogs,

Lavonne Adams, Associate Professor, Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Vanessa Roberts Bryan, Assistant Dean, Student Development Services

Co-Chairs, TCU Common Reading Committee

Previous Common Readings:
Class of 2023- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Class of 2022- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Class of 2021- Laughing Without an Accent by Firoozeh Dumas
Class of 2020- How to Win an Election by Cicero

Faculty/Staff Information

Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Common Reading, Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give (2017).

The Common Reading will take place on Friday, August 23, beginning at 9:00am and will last approximately 120 minutes. Faculty and staff facilitators will lead a thoughtfully-designed discussion for one group of approximately 20-30 incoming students utilizing techniques from Intentional Dialogue training.

With this year’s Common Reading, we have deliberately chosen to align a long-standing campus program with institutional priorities for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) to meet the needs of our students. In doing so, the structure of Common Reading will be very different from previous years; thus, each facilitator will be required to complete both Intentional Dialogue and Common Reading Facilitation Training. These trainings will be essential for leading this year’s Common Reading. As important, it will provide you with the opportunity to refine your own pedagogical practices, perhaps prompting a deeper examination of what you teach, how you teach, and for whom you teach.

The Common Reading program is an outstanding and rewarding opportunity for faculty and staff members to help introduce students to academic life early in their TCU careers, and to welcome them into the Horned Frog community. Those interested in facilitating should complete the form at the bottom of the page.

We hope you will participate in this valuable experience by serving as a discussion facilitator. Please note that space is limited for this program, and we may not be able to accommodate all requests to volunteer.

Please contact commonreading@tcu.edu if you have any questions or concerns, or would like more information about the Common Reading program at TCU.

Suggestions for the Future

The committee would love your suggestions for future Common Reading titles.  Please submit your recommendation and explanation as to why it should be considered to commonreading@tcu.edu.  The TCU Common Reading Committee meets in early fall to begin the process of title selection for the following summer.

SUBMIT YOUR ASSIGNMENT

2019 Common Reading Assignment

Submit your Common Reading Assignment Here

Dear Horned Frogs:

Welcome to TCU!  Over the next few years, you will discover many traditions that form an essential part of the TCU experience. The Common Reading Program—a shared learning experience for all incoming students—is one of those traditions. Through interactive group discussions led by world-class faculty and staff, the Common Reading offers your first glimpse into the TCU learning community. It also provides a point of unity amid the rich diversity of the incoming class. We hope this book will spark meaningful conversations and create bonds that will last throughout your time at TCU and beyond.

This year’s selection is Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give (2017). Thomas’ best-selling novel asks readers to explore race and police brutality through the eyes of Starr Carter. We follow Starr as she navigates the contrasting worlds of her predominantly black, low income neighborhood and her predominantly white, affluent prep school. Upon witnessing her friend’s death after being shot by a police officer, Starr finds her community—and herself—at the center of national and local crisis about racialized violence. While Starr is the only witness to what happened that night, her decision to speak or stay silent involves a complex set of choices that has the potential to divide her community and put her own life at risk.

This year’s Common Reading Program is part of TCU’s welcome week, Frogs First. We are excited to welcome Angie Thomas to TCU, who will address the Class of 2023 on Thursday, August 22 at 7:30pm in Schollmaier Arena. On Friday, August 23, incoming students will participate in Common Reading discussion groups with TCU faculty and staff. In preparation for the discussion groups, we ask that you write a brief essay reflecting on one of the prompts listed below. Your essay should be about 400–500 words long. You may turn this essay in through the Common Reading website (www.commonreading.tcu.edu) any time before August 5.

Essay Prompts:

  1. If you and Starr were friends starting your first year at TCU, how might your experiences on campus be similar? How might they be different? Be sure to approach this as a friend who is familiar with Starr’s experiences both at home in Garden Heights and at Williamson Prep.
  2. What does “THUG” life stand for and what does this phrase mean to Starr and her family?
  3. Starr spends each day navigating physical and metaphorical obstacles as she travels from home to school and back again. What obstacles did she help you see that you did not notice before? What strategies did she use that are important to consider when coming to TCU?

We are pleased to provide an opportunity for 20-25 students to attend a meet and greet with Angie Thomas immediately following her presentation. Students will be selected based on their engagement of the book and quality of their writing in their submitted essays. If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity, you must upload your essay no later than July 15 and indicate your interest on the submission form.

If you have any questions about the Common Reading Program, please feel free to email us at commonreading@tcu.edu. We look forward to welcoming you to campus in the fall!

Lavonne Adams
Associate Professor
Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Vanessa Roberts Bryan
Assistant Dean
Student Development Services

TCU Common Reading Committee Co-Chairs