• Gathering in Community: Crowdsourcing Across Classrooms

    This semester, my classes  are once again reading James Baldwin’s “The Artist’s Struggle for Integrity,” a lecture that Baldwin gave in New York City in 1963 in the midst of the Civil Righ...
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  • Complicating the Literacy Narrative

    In “The Importance of the Act of Reading,” Paolo Freire wrote: “Language and reality are dynamically intertwined. The understanding attained by critical reading of a text implies perceiving the relat...
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  • Childhood Adversity and Trauma as an Invisible Fire 

    Guest Blogger: Andrew Anastasia (he/him/they) earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he worked on bridging conversations between rhetoric and composition pedagogy and social work method...
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  • Diving Beneath the Surface of Complex Readings: Jigsaw Discussions

    How can we encourage students to dive beneath the surface of complex readings? Each term I puzzle over this question and experiment with different responses. This year, the answer has been a puzzle itself: the jigsaw ...
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  • Writing with Empathy

    Guest Blogger: Rochelle Spencer is currently a scholar in Dr. Maryemma Graham's Black Book Interactive Project at the University of Kansas. Rochelle is author of AfroSurrealism: The African Diaspora’s Surre...
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  • Writing Assignments for Literature, Rhetoric, and Inspiration

    This semester, I am teaching a second semester college writing class on writing about literature through a rhetorical understanding of academic writing. The class includes English majors and potential majors in the hu...
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  • Building a Syllabus: Students’ Suggestions for Meaningful Engagement

    This spring I will teach a second-semester first-year writing course that engages literary studies through the lenses of rhetoric and composition. In other words, the course aims to present literary readings (poetry, ...
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  • Reflections: Journeys in First-Year Writing

    There are moments in our teaching lives that can feel epic, as much for what happens outside the classroom as inside. This semester was my first semester teaching in New York City after five years away, and it has oft...
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  • Final Writing Project: Create Your Own Course Syllabus

    Our final writing project for the fall semester is based on an assignment created in the late 1960s and early 1970s by Adrienne Rich, poet, feminist theorist, and SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge) ...
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  • Creating Community Inside/Out

    Guest blogger Ann Green is currently a professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University where she teaches in the Inside/Out Prison Exchange Program. She also teaches “Hospital Stories,” a servi...
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  • Creative Projects and a Moment of Silence

    This semester, students have been invited to engage with reading a whole nonfiction book from a choice of three twentieth-century texts: Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera, James Baldwin’s No...
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  • Reading, Writing, Voting: A Rhetorical Education

    A recent discussion of the Writing Program Administrators listserv asks the questions, “How many of us have asked students their voter registration status?” Respondents submitted practices based on their v...
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  • Ask Me Anything and Exit Tickets: Activities for the Second Day of Class

    Over the summer, I moved across the country, from the southwestern United States back to New York City, and from full-time lecturer back to work as a term adjunct. These changes have allowed me to pay close attention ...
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  • Memorable Reading, Part 3: Non-Fiction, Pedagogy, and Writing Studies

    This post is the third in a series on Memorable Reading. For the first post and second posts, see Memorable Reading, Part 1: Fiction, Poetry, and Drama and Memorable Reading, Part 2: History, Philosophy, and Psyc...
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  • Memorable Reading, Part 2: History, Philosophy, and Psychology

    This post is the second in a series on Memorable Reading. For the first post, see Memorable Reading, Part 1: Fiction, Poetry, and Drama.   It is August, and the minds of many of us are turning back to school and ...
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  • The Three Rs of Summer: Reading, Reflection, and Renewal

    [This post originally published May 23, 2011.]   This time of year, thoughts often turn to summer book lists. The International Writing Centers Association discussion list includes a query and recommendatio...
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  • Memorable Reading, Part 1: Fiction, Poetry, and Drama

    It is August, and the minds of many of us are turning back to school and the need for creating new syllabi, retooling old syllabi, or learning how to teach syllabi that we are required to use. As I begin the process o...
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  • Lifelong Learning: Writing and Trauma in the First-Year Experience

    Written with guest blogger Steve Cormany.   For this month’s post, I have asked my life partner, Steve Cormany, a writer and retired writing teacher, for an oral history of his first published piece of writ...
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  • New Classroom Transitions: Lessons from My Cat on Moving Cross Country

    The late spring and early summer months are seasons of moving for many of us, and last month, my partner and I and our orange tabby cat Destiny left Arizona to return to Queens, New York. While uprooting from a famili...
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  • Final Writing Assignment: Graduation Speech

    Before the beginning of the spring semester, as I planned our assignments for the course, I tried to imagine where we might be by the end of the semester. I thought of skills to be practiced and outcomes to be measure...
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