• "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood": Fake History in the Era of Fake News

      Now that the Academy Awards sweepstakes for 2020 is in full cry, with the Golden Globes functioning as a kind of stand-in for the Iowa Caucuses in the tea-leaf-reading business of trying to guess what picture ...
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  • And Speaking of Pronouns...

      Last week, I wrote about Merriam-Webster choosing “they” as the word of the year for 2019, and then, serendipitously, I received my copy of Dennis Baron’s What’s Your Pronoun?: Beyond H...
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  • Using Grammar Girl Podcasts to Teach about Prepositions

    This blog series is written by Julia Domenicucci, an editor at Macmillan Learning, in conjunction with Mignon Fogarty, better known as Grammar Girl.     Let’s ring in the new year with a blog post t...
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  • A Few Things Creative Writing Can Teach Accelerated Composition

    (A Brief Homage to Wendy Bishop)   I was lucky to learn from and collaborate with the late Wendy Bishop, whose loss—more than sixteen years ago now—is still hard for me to accept. Wendy was a force of...
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  • 2019 Word(s) of the Year!

      Every year I look forward to finding out what words will be singled out as especially important or noteworthy for the preceding year. This year, though, I approached this subject with special trepidation: give...
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  • Janus, Resolutions, and Attendance Policies

    It’s January, and my social media feeds are filled with suggestions for keeping resolutions, especially those related to wellness, healthy eating, and exercise. But I am also finding some pleas for encouragement...
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  • Why Richard Jewell Now?

    In my last blog, I presented a semiotic interpretation explaining how the movie Ford vs. Ferrari reflects a larger cultural signification that goes well beyond the history of Formula 1 racecars and their driver/design...
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  • Post-Outlining in the Writing Center

      During a visit to St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA, I had an opportunity to observe some student Writing Advisers (a.k.a. tutors) working with fellow undergraduates on their writing. These Advisers work ...
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  • Strategies for Helping Students Reflect on an Entire Semester

    We are wrapping up our semester, and as I have done for the past several semesters, I am asking students to reflect on their beliefs about writing, reading, and grammar—and how our writing and revising during th...
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  • Avoiding Pitfalls in the Accelerated Composition Co-requisite

    As accelerated composition courses become more widespread, the co-requisites attached to them have inevitably come to take many forms. Co-requisites may be mandatory or voluntary; assessment-driven or open to anyone; ...
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  • Multimodal Mondays: Community Writing and Community Engaged Projects

    Today’s guest blogger is Kim Haimes-Korn, a Professor of English and Digital Writing at Kennesaw State University. Kim’s teaching philosophy encourages dynamic learning and critical digital literacies...
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  • Providing students opportunities to explore their own agency is the most important aim of Bedford New Scholar Salena Parker's writing classroom

    Salena Parker (recommended by Katie McWain) is pursuing her PhD in Rhetoric with a concentration in World Literature at Texas Woman's University. She expects to finish in December 2021. She teaches Composition I and I...
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  • Why First Year English?

      I’m writing this post at a time when first-year programs across the country are being questioned. Unfortunately, same old, same old: these challenges come in cycles, every ten years or so, and they come ...
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  • Chariots with Tires: or the Semiotics of Ford vs. Ferrari

    By the time of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, America had just concluded a bad decade. Watergate, Kent State, rampant inflation, the abject failure of the Vietnam War, Soviet adventures in Afghanis...
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  • Local Research Assignments with Historypin

      I recently had the chance to visit a former student who now teaches at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, where we spent an evening talking about the research his students have been doing to study im...
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  • A Beautiful Day in the Composition Classroom

    A late Thanksgiving this year has created a difficult end-of-semester calendar: a week off for Thanksgiving, one week of class, and then finals. Moving from mid-term into early November, I watched the students in my f...
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  • Why Bedford New Scholar Karen Trujillo designs each writing activity to be a tool students can use "whether they stay in college or not"

    KAREN TRUJILLO (recommended by Lauren Rosenberg) is pursuing her PhD in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Professional Communication at New Mexico State University. She teaches Rhetoric and Composition, Bus...
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  • Where Does Your World Begin?

      This Thanksgiving week, 2019, I have been thinking of the students I have known over so many decades, of their triumphs and tribulations, and of their writing, so often, about things that matter deeply to them...
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  • Elements of a Model Accelerated Composition Co-Requisite, Part 2

    In my previous post I began discussing English 89, the accelerated composition co-requisite course originally developed for Santa Barbara City College’s Express to Success Program. I noted that while the course ...
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  • Using Grammar Girl Podcasts to Talk about Accurate Information and Redundant Language

    This blog series is written by Julia Domenicucci, an editor at Macmillan Learning, in conjunction with Mignon Fogarty, better known as Grammar Girl.  For many people, the fall and winter months are full of holida...
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