• Create Short Videos with Edify Animaker

    In my last post, I shared Lumen5, a site that allows you to make short videos by pairing free-to-use images with the text from a webpage or handout. Today, I’m sharing another simple, free tool that you can use ...
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  • Summertime: Filling the Well

    Today’s guest blogger is Kim Haimes-Korn, a Professor of English and Digital Writing at Kennesaw State University. Kim’s teaching philosophy encourages dynamic learning and critical digital literacies...
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  • Lessons from RSA 2018

      Last week I wrote a bit about the plenary talk I had the honor of delivering at this year’s RSA meeting, brilliantly arranged by incoming President Kirt Wilson with assistance from Christa Olson, Roxanne...
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  • Lexical Frames: Reading for Grammar Awareness (part 3)

    I have been writing about ways to build grammar awareness through reading activities.  I began with an exploratory look at threshold concepts for grammar in the composition classroom. I also addressed activities ...
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  • The Need for Narrative Justice

      In 1994, Anne Haas Dyson and Celia Genishi published a collection that made a big impression on me. The Need for Story: Cultural Diversity in Classroom and Community demonstrated how important stories are in h...
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  • Using Writing Communities to Teach Writing Across the Curriculum

    Recently, I gave a webinar on community partnership pedagogies and writing across the curriculum (mentioned in my previous post, leading up to this event). Some of you may have attended - if so, I hope the discussion ...
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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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  • Building a Religion

    As I head into the summer recess for my Bits blogs, I find myself contemplating the cultural significance of the rise and apparent fall of Theranos, the troubled biotech startup that was once heralded as a disruptive ...
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  • African American Rhetoric and Other Englishes

      I’ve been thinking about African American discourse and African American rhetoric (along with other indigenous rhetorics) since 1973, when members of CCCC were debating what would become the resolution k...
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  • Selling Lies

    Cato is generally credited with defining an orator as a good man skilled in speaking. A successful speech, by classical standards, was based on reason but was also strengthened by the knowledge that the person speakin...
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  • What's With All the Wisecracking?

    One of my all-time favorite readings from past editions of Signs of Life in the USA is Andy Medhurst's "Batman, Deviance, and Camp." In that analysis of how the original muscle-man clone of Superman morphed into "Fred...
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  • Categories for Assessing Multimodal Compositions

    Today's guest blogger is Tiffany Mitchell, a Senior Lecturer of English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.   Assessing multimodal compositions can often be challenging because the form and desig...
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  • The Eighth Annual Lunsford Awards

      This time every year, I look forward to meeting students who have won awards for their work in first and second year Program in Writing and Rhetoric classes at Stanford, and this year brought a very special tr...
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  • Maslow’s Hierarchy and the Election of 2016

    As a general rule, anyone who did not vote for Donald Trump for president wants to know why anyone else did. Along those lines, I was thinking about the way I introduce motivation when discussing argumentation, in ter...
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  • More on Writing Spaces

      In response to a posting I wrote a week or two ago, Steven Kapica shared an image on Twitter of one of his students’ writing spaces. I’m wondering if other readers have images of writing spaces, an...
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  • Multimodal Mondays: Inserting a Reflective Assignment into a Culminating Semester Assessment (with Templates!)

    Jeanne Law Bohannon is a newly-minted Associate Professor of English in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kennesaw State University. She believes in creating democratic learning spaces, where students b...
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  • Staving Off Sneak Attacks

      Quick quiz: In the biblical story, what was Jonah swallowed by? How many animals of each kind did Moses take on the Ark? Did you answer “whale” to the first question and “two” to the...
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  • Creating Contrasts: Reading for Grammar Awareness (part 2)

    In my last post, I looked at the value of dedicating time for students to notice grammatical and lexical features in a text they are reading. Students can make their noticing tangible by annotating: circling, highligh...
    Miriam Moore
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  • Convert Handouts to Videos with Lumen5

    This weekend, I have been exploring the capabilities of the online tool Lumen5, a web-based tool that you can use to convert any written text to a video. Lumen5 offers to “Transform articles into videos in minut...
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  • Performing Writing – From Middle School to CCCC

      I’ve written often about what I take to be the deeply performative nature of writing: from the collaborative performances associated with much workplace writing; through the years of the Stanford Study o...
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