Mary Curran-Hackett / Gone Far: A Journey of a Thousand Miles with Achak
Nevertheless, I put What is the What, the now-controversial “true story that is called fiction,” on the syllabus. Although a seemingly straightforward survival and redemption tale of a young, innocent “Lost Boy” trapped in the Sudanese civil war, it revealed itself as truly the great American novel and served as a launching pad for numerous topics in the college classroom.
Layne Neeper / On Teaching Transgressive Literature
The transgressive becomes constrained by its alliance, now voiced, with a literary history that it does not depart from but rather putatively participates in, and so we champion an image of ourselves as careful archivists of the academy and not purveyors of the unseemly.
Ken Hada / Thinking Ecology in First-Year Composition
I am relieved to say that the ecology content of the course did not interfere or prevent the composition skills from being realized. In other words, I was able to present concerns as one citizen to others in a credible way, and through a discovery process, the students, our fellow citizens, were able to make all kinds of meaningful connections.
Jacob Stratman and Matthew Van Zee / "I'm the Author of this Paper": Collaboration and the Construct of Authorship in a First-Year English Course
Teachers cannot simply say, “Here, we are using collaboration” and “Here we are not using collaboration”—as social constructivists of sorts, we believe that all class processes are collaborative on some level and that teachers must keep this in mind at all stages of teaching the writing process, whether students are turning in a collaborative paper or not.
Colin Irvine / Making Lemonade: An Assistant English Professor's Perspective on the Profession
I want to take this opportunity on the eve of coming up for tenure to offer to those relatively new to academia a guide for determining the answer to the age-old query: friend or foe?
Brittany Cottrill / Review of Living Room: Teaching Public Writing in a Privatized World by Nancy Welch
Carole Pelttari / Review of On a Scale: A Social History of Writing Assessment in America by Norbert Elliot
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