K-State Book Network (KSBN)

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K-State Book Network (KSBN)


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The K-State Book Network (KSBN) is designed to provide a common experience to help first year students' transition from high school to college, grow academically and socially, and share something with all other first year students. It also sends the message that people in college read books, even ones that are not in their area of study, and that college is fun.

The events that go along with the books are geared to help students bond over their common reading experience, and learn new things about the book, related themes, K-State and the Manhattan community. It is a great way for first year students to find common ground and start a conversation both inside and outside the classroom.

Past books: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2017), Spare Parts (2016), The Other Wes Moore (2015), The Ghost Map (2014), Ready Player One (2013), The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2012), Zeitoun (2011), The Hunger Games (2010)

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    This assignment outlines two essay prompts for "The Ghost Map," including the first set of essay questions, identification of a campus problem, inclusion of a corresponding map and eight photographs. The second set of essay ...
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    Developed for English 100: Expository Writing, this guide to "The Other Wes Moore" by Wes Moore was designed to meet the course's objective of examining diverse communities and identities in the United States with the ...
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    This guide provides resources for faculty and staff at Kansas State University on the book "The Ghost Map" by Steven Johnson. Included in the guide are discussion questions, suggested classroom activities, other titles of ...
  • Program (Kansas State University. K-State First., )
    Created for English 100: Introduction to Expository Writing, this guide provides instructors ideas and resource for using "The Ghost Map" by Steven Johnson in their classes. Included in the guide are chapter excerpts, ...
  • Program (Kansas State University. K-State First., )
    This guide provides information and themes on Kansas State University’s inaugural common book "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins. The guide also provides an introduction to the K-State Book Network (KSBN) and a rational ...

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