• Two Wicked Good Short Stories for Halloween

    This week's guest blogger is Pamela Arlov, Associate Professor of English at Middle Georgia State University.   Halloween gives us a good excuse to scare up some literary wickedness to treat our classes. Na...
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  • A Frightening Tale

    Today's featured guest blogger is Bill Leach, Liberal Arts Program Chair and Professor of English at Florida Institute of Technology   Torn from the pages of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, in ...
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  • Discovering another English translation of Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”

    Browsing in the stacks of my local town library this summer, I was surprised to discover an edition of Kafka’s story that I hadn’t found in 2002 when I began to translate the German text of Die Verwandlung...
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  • Creativity in Student Work

    This post originally appeared on May 18, 2015.   This was the year that I embraced creative projects in my literature courses.  My department chair has been doing them for ages, and he’s been very en...
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  • Which Way Is Up?: Helping Students Navigate Plays and Stage Space

    This week's featured guest blogger is Joseph Couch, Professor at Montgomery College.   Teaching drama may pose the most difficult challenge of the literary genres for instructors.  Plays have speakers like ...
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  • Aliens, cops, and robbers, oh my!

    Today's featured guest blogger is Bill Leach,  Liberal Arts Program Chair and Assistant Professor of English at Florida Institute of Technology     What do alien abductions, cops chasing robbers, ...
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  • Carpe Diem from Marvell to Pitbull: An Online Assignment

      This week's guest blogger is Pamela Arlov, Associate Professor of English at Middle Georgia State University.   This summer, teaching a hybrid literature and composition class, I developed a lesson in car...
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  • Jack Kerouac’s “October in the Railroad Earth”  and Experimental Fiction

    Ann Charters is the author of The Story and Its Writer.   I’ve been a Kerouac fan since 1958, when I read his just-published novel The Dharma Bums.  In the 1950s, the overwhelming majority of Beat Gen...
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  • More than a Villain

      Today's featured guest blogger is Shane Bradley, Administrative Dean, Writing Program Director, and Assistant Professor of English at Erskine College.   A student in my Composition and Lite...
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  • Video Resources for Creative Writing Students

    Today's featured guest blogger is Tammy Powley, Professor at Indian River State College.    Wouldn’t it be great if the first day of your creative writing course started with an inspirational tal...
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  • Writing into the Future

    So many of my students love being students. They enjoy reading and writing and researching. They are often good students and have been good students their whole lives. As a result, while graduation grows ever closer, ...
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  • The Guided Story: Looking for Trouble

    While reading stories from my students this semester I noticed in many pieces there was a clear tension between two characters, but no other elements of conflict. In our individual conferences, many students expressed...
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  • Accessing What Seems Inaccessible: A Case for Teaching Contemporary Poetry First

      Today's featured guest blogger is Colleen Kolba, Digital Teaching Fellow at University of South Florida.    “I was not excited to read this book,” says a student, holding up a c...
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  • Using the Tools of Literary Analysis to Teach Emotionally Charged Topics

      Today's featured guest blogger is Lisa DuRose, Professor at Inver Hills Community College   “These characters and what they represent are things that I normally don’t read about, but thes...
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  • Poetry as Workshop Prep

    April is National Poetry Month! We've asked some of our LitBits bloggers to discuss how they approach poetry with their literature and creative writing students.   Before the first workshop of the semester i...
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  • Using Visuals and Props to Teach Literature

    Today's featured guest blogger is Howard Cox, Instructor at Angelina College.     My epiphany came one day when I was teaching Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises in a sophomore literature course.&#...
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  • Listening, Lyrics, and Legitimizing Literature: The Great Gatsby Playlist Project

      Today's featured guest blogger is Cristina Baptista, American Literature Teacher at Sacred Heart School in Greenwich, CT   The day after the 60th Grammy Awards, no fewer than six students were e...
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  • Action from the Abstract

    My fiction students came to a unanimous conclusion this semester: writing scenes without abstract language is hard. How are we supposed to make sure the reader understands what the characters are thinking and feeling ...
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  • Conferences with Literature Students

    As an English professor at a small school, I teach a wide range of courses including, of course, composition. And like most places, my department expects regular conferences with students in those writing courses. I&#...
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  • Digital Storytelling

    In my writing classrooms I ask my students to challenge their idea of what makes a “good” story. I encourage them to imagine new and unfamiliar ways of experiencing a story, and then I support them in brin...
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