Waves (4th edition, 2021)

Waves, now in its 4th edition, features a sampling of short writing exercises, creative pieces, and an e-portfolio from Approaches to University Writing classes. Assignment prompts are included with exercises.


Table of Contents by Title

“With Hope” by Abby Ellis

Ellis’s series of letters are written in response to Claudia Rankine’s Citizen.

“Where I’m From” by Luis Gomez Lopez

Gomez Lopez’s poem is inspired by George Ella Lyon’s “Where I’m From.”

“The Insecure Pianist” by Alina Demirdjian

Demirdjian’s narrative description relates the author’s journey as a pianist, embracing mistakes and building confidence at the same time.

“Letter to a Lady” by Daniela Gonzalez

Gonzalez’s letter about stereotypical assumptions is inspired by Claudia Rankine’s Citizen.

“A Splash of Colors” by Jonathan Lopez

Lopez’s descriptive scene at a paintball park incorporates the points of view of those around the author.

“My Home” by Isabel Martinez

Martinez’s word picture uses sensory details to bring you into the author’s house.

“Driving While Black” by Wyatt Bimat-Townsend

Bimat-Townsend’s descriptive scene is inspired by Claudia Rankine’s Citizen.

“Teaching in a Pandemic” by Sivhour Lim

Lim interviews a high school teacher working during the pandemic.

“Get After It” by Miles Kirshner

Kirshner’s full e-Portfolio includes writing exercises, full essays, and a portfolio reflection.

“Annotated Bibliography: The Power of Celebrities” by Samantha Luviano

Luviano’s full annotated bibliography assignment provides research on modern-day celebrity culture.

“Revision Process” by Samantha Luviano

Luviano’s creative comic strip recalls the author’s revision process.

“Sweetest Greetings” by Emily Gallagher

Gallagher’s creative Christmas card reflects on the author’s semester.

“Desperate for Space” by Casey Tolentino

Tolentino’s word picture uses sensory details to help readers understand the author’s cramped living situation.


Click here for previous editions of Waves.