• Journaling with a Purpose

    Today's featured guest blogger is Shane Bradley, Administrative Dean, Writing Program Director, and Assistant Professor of English at Erskine College.    The following dictum still bothers me...
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  • Helping Students Discover the Take Away: Literature Classes and Transfer Skills

    Today's featured guest blogger is Lisa DuRose, Professor at Inver Hills Community College   As the semester winds to a close, I know the students in my Short Story class are growing a bit weary: they h...
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  • To Dwell in Possibility: How the Letter of Recommendation Becomes Poetic

    Today's featured guest blogger is Lisa DuRose, Professor at Inver Hills Community College   In Julie Schumacher’s 2014 novel Dear Committee Members, protagonist Jason T. Fitger demonstrates how a...
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  • The Lost Art of the Poetry Review

    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.   Today's guest blogger is Daniel Lamber...
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  • Poetry for Everyone, Everyone for Poetry: Exploring the Favorite Poem Project

    To continue our celebration of National Poetry Month, we're re-posting the following blog from Phillip Chamberlin professor at Hillsborough Community College. This post originally appeared on LitBits on...
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  • Walking through a Poetry Gallery

    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.   This week's guest blogger is Krysten A...
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  • Dwelling in Possibilities:  Communication, Lateral Thinking and National Poetry Month

    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.   Today's featured guest blogger is Cri...
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  • What’s the Motivation?: Teaching Characterization in Drama

    This week's featured guest blogger is Joseph Couch, Professor at Montgomery College.   “But why do that?” students often ask when we discuss plays. Sometimes due to the opaqueness of subtext or ...
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  • How the Novel Fahrenheit 451 has Shaped my Composition Pedagogy

      Today's guest blogger is Daniel Lambert, an educator, writer, editor, proofreader, and photographer. He teaches English courses at California State University, Los Angeles and East Los Angeles Co...
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  • Words on Canvas: Helping Students Visualize Poetry

      This week's featured guest blogger is Joseph Couch Professor at Montgomery College.   Poetic language is often the most evocative of all the literary genres. With just a few words, deep emotions and entir...
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  • Debating the Value of Literature

    This week's guest blogger is Krysten Anderson, Assistant Professor of English at Roane State Community College   For many students, studying literature isn’t a priority in college. Depending...
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  • One “Wild and Precious” Opportunity: Why I Begin with Poetry

    Today's featured guest blogger is Lisa DuRose Professor at Inver Hills Community College    On the first day of my Introduction to Literature course, as soon as we’ve finished our introductions a...
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  • Helping Students Connect with Poetry

    This week's guest blogger is Pamela Arlov Associate Professor of English at Middle Georgia State University.   Metrophobia sounds like it should be the fear of cities, but it is in fact the fear of poetry, and ma...
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  • From Adjectives to Extraordinary

      Today's featured guest blogger is Shane Bradley, Administrative Dean, Writing Program Director, and Assistant Professor of English at Erskine College.   My wife bought a wooden sculpture at...
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  • Framing a Story: Introducing the Narrative Conventions of Film

    This week's featured guest blogger is Joseph Couch, Professor at Montgomery College.   “It’s only a movie.” I will never forget that response from a student during a class discussion. While wat...
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  • Said Out of Order: Helping Students Interpret Subtext in Drama

      This week's featured guest blogger is Joseph Couch, Professor at Montgomery College.   “I think she’s a gold digger,” quite a few of my students once said during a discussion o...
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  • Song Lyrics: An Accessible Entry Point to Quoting and Citing

    This week's guest blogger is Pamela Arlov, Associate Professor of English at Middle Georgia State University.   When students are first asked to write about literature, they often feel like strangers in a strang...
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  • Michael Kupperman’s new graphic memoir: All the Answers

    In a previous edition of The Story and Its Writer, we included a page illustrated and written in 2009 by Michael Kupperman titled “Are Comics Serious Literature?”  In the first panel, a cowboy answers...
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  • Poetry for Everyone, Everyone for Poetry: Exploring the Favorite Poem Project

    This week's features guest blogger is Phillip Chamberlin, professor at Hillsborough Community College   “I lost six friends and neighbors—all under 25 years old—to suicide. And since then,...
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