• A Guest Blogger on Demystifying the Literary Text by Focusing on how Language Works

    Please welcome our Guest Blogger, Sovay Hansen! Sovay Hansen is a PhD student in English Literature and a minor in German Studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She is a Graduate Teaching Associate in the Eng...
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  • On Frog Tongues (and Rhetorical Situations)

    In earlier posts, I’ve mentioned an assignment I frequently use that asks students to translate, or to repurpose, an academic text (in this case, a scholarly journal article) for a public audience. One of the ov...
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  • Listening to Students: Revising an Assignment and Teaching Black Panther 

    In Memory of Stan Lee (1922-2018)   Writing workshop for our Black Panther synthesis project. The words printed in black ink are: Most important: If it seems too hard, WRITE ABOUT  IT ANYWAY.   I was re...
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  • How to Get Students to Talk in Class: Strategies for Making a Quiet Class Talk and Encouraging Class Participation

    In the classroom, how long do you typically wait for students to respond after you ask them a question?   One second, three, ten seconds, twenty?   If a student doesn’t readily know an answer or si...
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  • A Co-requisite Model in the NC Community Colleges and An Insider’s Guide to Academic Writing

    We know that many students who enter our colleges and universities are underprepared for the various challenges they face. We also know that, for a number of these students, the more traditional forms of academic supp...
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  • First-Year-Writing-Appropriate Qualitative Methods: Peer Interviews and Simple Coding

    If you are interested in introducing FYW students to primary research methods, An Insider’s Guide to Academic Writing provides an overview and general definitions of qualitative and quantitative methods app...
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  • Why WID?

    [This post was originally published on September 21, 2015.]   Next month, the book I co-authored with Roy Stamper and Stacey Cochran, An Insider's Guide to Academic  Writing will be released.&...
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  • Writing Assignments in a WID-based FYC Course

    [This was originally posted October 2, 2015.]   When I share stories of my experience teaching in a WID-based curriculum, I’m often asked: So what exactly do you teach in a WID curriculum?   There...
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  • Writing Feedback: A New Approach to Student and Faculty Flourishing

    Positive or negative writing feedback… what’s the optimal balance? _____   Recently I asked my students what they considered to be a healthy ratio of positive-to-negative feedback on their writing....
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  • Genre Writing and Teaching Genre Ideas: Toward a Genre Bridge Theory for Writing

    Consider for a moment the instances in your life when you were lost. Perhaps anxiety heightened your feelings of being lost and originated from events personal, professional, or academic. Perhaps you were faced with a...
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  • Using Writing in the Disciplines to Help Students Succeed (and Stay)

      As a writing teacher, my number one goal is to see students succeed. I live for those moments when students write something that brings them pride, when they connect with a community or idea that resonates wit...
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  • Insider’s Guide to Academic Writing: Assignment Sequence Ideas

    I’ve received a few questions from faculty interested in using An Insider’s Guide to Academic Writing about recommended assignment sequences, so I would like to discuss two possible plans I believe might w...
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  • Returning to the Past: Approaching Literature through the Disciplines

    I’m returning to the past—for this semester at least. Years ago now, as the First-Year Writing Program at NC State was in the midst of transitioning from a civic argument (first course) and study of litera...
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  • Assignment Framing Interpretations of Artistic Texts

    Roy Stamper's handout for Writing in the Humanities: Close Reading and Interpretation of an Artistic Text. See Returning to the Past: Approaching Literature through the Disciplines 
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  • Classical Argument Sequence in a WID-Based Academic Writing and Research Course

    Today’s guest blogger is Gene Melton, a Senior Lecturer in the English Department at North Carolina State University, where he teaches courses in composition and rhetoric and in British, American, and LGBTQ lite...
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  • Classical Argument Assignment Sheet (Gene Melton)

    Gene Melton's Classical Argument Assignment Sheet. See Classical Argument Sequence in a WID-Based Academic Writing and Research Course.
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  • Developing Critical Literacy through WID

    I’ll never forget how I felt the first time I had to write a paper on the results of an empirical study in graduate school. Even though it was a small-scale study, I had never written anything like that before. ...
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  • Literacy Narrative Activities

    Don’t be afraid.   These are the words I’ve been telling myself often this semester. You’d think after twenty years of teaching first-year writing I’d find a way to reduce my anxiety in ...
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  • Reading(s) in a WID-Based Composition Course

    This past April, I was fortunate to be able to attend the Writing Across Institutions Conference at Appalachian State University. As part of that conference, I listened to Prof. Allison Harl of Ferrum College remind h...
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  • Helping Students Explore Writing in Different Contexts

    Think about a time—maybe as a student, a teacher, or another environment—when you had to write something in a genre that was new or unfamiliar to you. What did you do? How did you figure out what was exp...
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