Deborah Smith Pollard | Motherlove, Initiation, Poverty, and Pride: Teaching "Getting the Facts of Life" by Paulette Childress White and "The Sky is Gray" by Ernest Gaines
Placing these two stories in tandem provides an excellent opportunity to underscore differences in male and female literary voices and issues and to explore the contrasts between the concerns of a child in the rural South of the 1940s and a child in the industrial North in the 1960s, while expanding our notion of what constitutes a coming of age story.
Suanna Davis | Incorporating Digital Literacy into the Composition Classroom
This assignment took the students from a purely academic use of the internet, though in various forms, to an academic pursuite of information on the internet that integrated new knowledge and skills with abilties and interests they already possessed.
Janice M. Odom | Heuristics in the English Classroom: Working the Problem of Drafting the Research Paper
From first-year writers, one of the most common queries (complaints) I have is “what should I look up?” The less experienced they are in doing research, the more daunting the task of knowing where to begin, and it has been my experience that even when they have had library instruction this particular problem is often not mitigated. The heuristics tell students what questions their paper needs to answer, and hence, what lines of research to investigate, where to start, what to look for.
Nancy Riecken | Harmonizing the Writing Process with Music Training Techniques
Why do this? Because music has a pattern, and music is something most students can identify with on some level. If they understand that a good piece of music follows a regular pattern of key signature, rhythm, and either verse/refrain or instrumental movements, they can understand that a good piece of writing also requires a regular pattern in order to communicate effectively.
Colin Irvine / Making Lemonade: An Assistant English Professor's Perspective on the Profession
Colin Irvine will return in January
Wan-Li Chen | Review of Pluralizing Plagiarism: Identities, Contexts, Pedagogies edited by Rebecca Moore Howard and Amy E. Robillard
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