Bedford/St.Martin's Workshops and Focus Groups CCCC 2016

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Becoming a College Writer:  A workshop with Nancy Sommers

How do students figure out the expectations of academic writing and become college writers? How do they learn to take positions, enter research conversations, and revise their own ideas?  How do we design thoughtful writing assignments to develop thoughtful writers?  In this workshop, we’ll talk teacher-to-teacher as we look squarely at these questions and the problems students face in becoming college writers.  We’ll focus our attention on the most effective pedagogies to help students become curious, confident, and reflective. And we'll workshop a couple of assignments, discussing how to develop our assignments so that they foster the academic writing we expect. Send an assignment, if you like, to by April 1. This workshop is for you if you use a Hacker/Sommers handbook, follow the scholarly work of Nancy Sommers, teach students for whom the transition to college writing is difficult, or want to think about assignment design.


Teaching with The Bedford Book of Genres: A Hands-On Workshop with authors Elizabeth KIeinfeld and Amy Braziller

Are you teaching with The Bedford Book of Genres--or would you like to? Join authors Liz Kleinfeld and Amy Braziller (and special guests) for a practical and fun workshop on integrating BBG into your comp course. Handouts will include sample syllabi and learning outcomes aligned with the book, including the latest WPA outcomes. Along with a copy of the instructor’s manual, you’ll receive concrete tools for assessing multimodal student work. After a brief presentation by the authors, we’ll break into groups to collaborate on assignment ideas.  Arrive with your questions and favorite activity prompts. Leave with at least 3 new assignments and a plan for making the most of The Bedford Book of Genres.

Todd Taylor Presents 101 Student Interviews

What do composition students across the U.S. have to say about their experiences writing for college? Join us for a sneak preview of some of the video interviews conducted by Todd Taylor (filmmaker of Take 20: Teaching Writing). Sign up to review and help shape this exciting project-in-progress.


Cocktail Reception with authors Dagoberto Gilb and Ricardo Angel Gilb
Announcing the publication of our new portable anthology, Mexican American Literature, edited by Dagoberto Gilb and Ricardo Angel Gilb. Come celebrate with cocktails and appetizers, grab a copy of the book, and meet the authors. Dagoberto and Ricardo, along with Diana Lopez, author of the instructor’s manual, will say a few words about the anthology. We’d love to see you there.

Idea Lab with Andrea Lunsford: Handbooks as Tools of the Trade

Join Andrea Lunsford for an idea lab to exchange tips for integrating handbooks into your writing course. Andrea and a panel of other teachers will offer ideas to help you make these “tools of the trade” better support your students and your pedagogy. You’ll have the opportunity to share what works in your classroom, and you’ll get a closer look at the teaching ideas and instructor resources—including Andrea’s “Teacher to Teacher” blog—available on the Macmillan Community site. The goal is for this idea lab to give you some extra inspiration and at least three new ideas for using handbooks effectively.


Evaluating digital assessment in composition: A focus group

This focus group will ask participants to think about categories of digital assessment in the composition course—including diagnostics, individualized study plans, and automated feedback on student writing—with a goal of clearly articulating how teachers of writing evaluate these tools and assessments in considering adoption. Participants will help develop clearly articulated definitions and expectations for digital assessments, as well as work on contextualizing the role of digital assessment within the student-instructor relationship.


Using technology in literature courses: A focus group

Do you currently teach or plan to teach an introduction to literature or literature-based composition course using a publisher-provided technology? If so, this focus group will include a review of Bedford/St. Martin’s literature technology,LaunchPad Solo for Literature, as well as materials from a forthcoming professional resource on using technology to teach literature. Requirements: Participants should teach an introductory literature or literature-based composition course with a publisher-provided digital program or have an interest in integrating publisher-provided technology into their course.


Trends in teaching Introduction to Literature/Literature-Based Composition: A focus group

Has your introduction to literature or literature-based composition course changed in the past few years? The goal of this focus group is to help us track teaching trends in introduction to literature and literature-based composition courses. Topics will include educational resources, textbook formats, student demographics, teaching approaches, and the changing focus for literature-based composition. Requirements: All focus group participants must currently teach or plan to teach an introduction to literature or literature-based composition course.


Community-Based Writing Projects with Steve Parks: A Workshop

Are you interested in connecting your classroom and your community?  Have you done so and faced challenges? Steve Parks, author of the forthcoming text and reader Writing Communities (October 2016), will lead an exciting and practical workshop on making the most of community writing projects, whether the engagement is limited, sustained, or transformative.  You’ll have the opportunity to work in groups with your colleagues to address common challenges and find creative solutions. You’ll leave with advice and concrete strategies as well as handouts from Writing Communities.  Space is limited, so RSVP soon.


Writer/Designer  IdeaLab: From Guide to Multimodal Masterpieces

Is multimodal composition central to your course? Do you assign Writer/Designer or another multimodal writing guide—or do you want to? If so, join us for a casual, fun conversation about how using a dynamic guide like Writer/Designer can support your students’ multimodal composing process. Bring an activity or assignment you’ve developed, a tip about which Process! activities or Write/Design assignments your students responded to best, or a suggestion on how a multimodal guide can better support your students and their work. Sign up, and come away with ideas for using Writer/Designer in your classroom.


Habits of the Creative Mind Assignment Swap: Cultivating Curiosity through Writing with Richard Miller and Ann Jurecic

How do you help students break free of the five paragraph essay?  Join Richard Miller and Ann Jurecic, authors of the new Habits of the Creative Mind, for a lively discussion of ways to cultivate curiosity, creativity and critical thinking through writing.  Bring an assignment you’ve used to share, or just come to join the conversation.


Meet & Greet with Andrea Lunsford and Keith Walters: What’s New in Everything’s an Argument

Join authors Andrea Lunsford and Keith Walters to learn about the 7th edition of Bedford/St. Martin’s best-selling argument text, Everything’s an Argument. A new chapter on multimedia argument addresses today’s changing media landscape, and two new readings chapters, “How Has the Internet Changed the Meaning of Privacy?” and “What’s Globalization Doing to Language?” explore arguments with far-reaching effects. After talking with the authors, check out our demo of LaunchPad, featuring new LearningCurve adaptive quizzing activities on claims, evidence, logical fallacies, and more.


Creating the next generation of writing textbooks: A focus group

We're developing a new writing handbook that is visual, rhetorically based, genre-aware, and fluent in the spectrum of academic and professional discourses, and we want to know what you think. Take part in our development process and help determine the best ways for rhetoric and contemporary modes of writing to intersect in student-friendly units. Weigh in on what matters most in your classroom.


My cell phone ate my essay: An interactive workshop on designing a mobile writing resource

What’s your favorite writing tool? Does it have a mobile app? Do you wish your students would use to improve their writing, since they’re always on their phones? Join us as we design a mobile app writing resource together, based on your specifications


A Textbook Mash-up Idea Lab: Rhetoric + Graphic Novel

Tired of conventional textbooks, but want the support of a book that students might actually read? If so, then join us for a sneak peak at a unique mash-up of a brief, cross-disciplinary rhetoric and a graphic novel by award-winning novelist Allegra Goodman (author of Intuition, The Cookbook Collector, Paradise Park, and Kaaterskill Falls, a National Book Award finalist) and Michael Prince (former WPA of Boston University’s writing program). The text is a unique mash-up of a brief, cross-disciplinary rhetoric and a graphic novel following four college students (and their instructors) as they encounter the challenges of college writing. Also included are carefully crafted assignments and engaging microreadings. We’ll look at one chapter—text and illustrations—and brainstorm ways to best use the book in the classroom.