• 3 Steps for Creating a Multimodal Assignment

    Today’s guest blogger is Tanya Rodrigue, an assistant professor in English and coordinator of the Writing Intensive Curriculum Program at Salem State University in Massachusetts.   Instructors are current...
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  • Four More Ethics Scenarios for Discussion of Racial Discrimination

    This academic year, I am a member of a learning community that is exploring strategies for inclusive pedagogy. As a result, I’m thinking about ways to include issues of diversity and accessibility in my teaching...
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  • Spotlight: Using Film Clips to Teach Monsters

    Today’s featured blogger is Andrew Hoffman, author of Monsters: A Bedford Spotlight Reader. One of the clichés about today’s students is that they are visual learners. While that’s certainly ...
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  • Representation vs. Simulation

    Recently I joined an international group of scholars who are exploring how traditional strategies for making meaning from the world through representation are being supplanted by new approaches that emphasize simulati...
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  • Multimodal Mondays: Using Memes to Reflect on Writing Processes

      Today's guest blogger is Amanda Gaddam, an adjunct instructor in the First-Year Writing Program and the School for New Learning at DePaul University. She holds a B.A. in English with a concentration in Li...
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  • On the Current Dark Ages

    We are surrounded by light, yet we live in darkness.   With internet access, we all have the opportunity to wander in a global library that dwarfs the collections at any of the schools or universities where we ...
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  • They're Ba-ack!

    Creepy clowns are back, and Hollywood is counting on them to deliver big box office after what appears to have been a slow summer for the movie industry—at least according to the L. A. Times.  I've visited ...
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  • Writing to Connect

      The following message was written by Professor Jenn Fishman from Marquette, who was my research partner in the Stanford Study of Writing. Jenn expresses so beautifully the aims of that study, which began short...
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  • Research, Synthesis, and Discourse in FYC:  A Writing about Writing Assignment Sequence (Part 1)

      I am teaching a section of first-semester composition with a 2-credit corequisite, designed specifically for students from non-English speaking backgrounds. I approached the development of my syllabus and assi...
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  • More Scenarios for Discussing Racism and Ethics

    Last week, I attended After Charlottesville: Having Difficult Conversations in the Classroom, a workshop open to everyone in the university community that resulted in an active conversation about what we can and can&#...
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  • California Dreamin’ - Comments on DACA

      When the Beach Boys released their version of “California Dreaming” in 1986, singing “All the leaves are brown, and the skies are grey. . . .” they weren’t thinking of California ...
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  • Images from Hurricane Harvey

      As I write, pictures of the flooded streets of Houston are leading news broadcasts throughout the twenty-four-hour news cycle, and more rain is predicted. The power of visual rhetoric is clear as certain photo...
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  • Confronting Racism with Discussions of Ethics

    During the next few weeks, I will continue my series on racism in the classroom by sharing 10 scenarios that confront racism through discussions of ethics. The teaching strategy for these class discussions is simple: ...
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  • Thoughts on the Recent Events in Charlottesville

    Like many teachers of writing across the country, I am shocked, stunned, and horrified by the events that took place recently at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Watching the KKK especially took me back ...
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  • It’s a Good Idea to Download This Book!

    If you teach writing, you have certainly heard scores of misconceptions about writing, like these:   America is Facing a Literacy Crisis  Official American English is Best  African American Language ...
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  • Power, Postmodernism, and Populist Politics

    Last Spring I left off in this blog with an exploration of what I called “The Uses of Objectivity.” That essay probed the inadvertent relationships between poststructural theory and the current climate of ...
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  • The Bind of Literacy Hope & Violence

    For the first time since starting this blog five years ago, I took a bit of a break for part of July. I’ve had a very busy writing summer, and, like many other teachers, I also like to spend some time trying to ...
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  • Why Is Writing So Hard? A Writing Assignment for Difficult Times

    This semester, our first writing project in Stretch is called: “Why is writing so hard?” The title is inspired by our first reading of the semester,  “The Artist’s Struggle for Integrity,&...
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  • School’s Out: It’s Time to Read & Write!

    On a visit to see my beloved grandnieces Audrey (now 13!) and Lila (9), we had lots of time to talk about the school year, review accomplishments, and discuss plans for next year (when Audrey will be in 8th and Lila i...
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  • Facing Placement Policy Changes in the Two-Year College: Faculty Response

    My college is beginning its first semester under a new “multiple measures” placement policy (a misnomer in our case, for as Alexandros Goudas has pointed out, such policies are actually implemented as mult...
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