• What Does Interpretation Look Like? A Play in Three Acts

    In The Argonauts, the sole text in my writing seminar, Maggie Nelson bids her readers to think about Roland Barthes’ interest in the Argo—which remained the Argo, even after all of the original parts of th...
    Richard E. Miller
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  • Spotlight: Asking the Right Questions (about Music)

    Today's blogger is Jeff Ousborne, author of Writing Music: A Bedford Spotlight Reader.   All the essays in Writing Music model thoughtful and perceptive writing in a range of genres, from blog posts to scholarly...
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  • Writing about Black Panther

      Like millions of other comics fans, I am eagerly anticipating the release of Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman and a truly all-star cast. In fact, I’ve just been catching up b...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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  • What If Our Best Is Not Enough?

      Jimisha Relerford is a Master Instructor in the Department of English at Howard University. She serves as director of The Writing Center and is currently a student in the PhD program. Her research interes...
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  • Online Trip Report Assignment

    In the workplace, employees write trip reports to document what happened during a business trip. Some companies use those reports to show how the goals for the trip were met. Others use them to share what happene...
    Traci Gardner
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  • A 1–3–5 Revision Activity

    Last week, I wrote about Online Identity Revision Plans. Today, I want to share a focused activity that fits online identity revision as well as revision in any writing classroom. This activity is modeled on the 1R...
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  • Reading and Writing for Genre: James Baldwin’s “Letter to My Nephew”

      “Yet one must also recognize that morality is based on ideas and that all ideas are dangerous — dangerous because ideas can only lead to action and where the action leads no man can say.” Stud...
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  • Multimodal Mondays: Visual Analysis and Content Creation for Beginners in Two Parts

    Today's guest blogger is Jeanne Bohannon is an Assistant Professor of English in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kennesaw State University. She believes in creating democratic learning spaces, wh...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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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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  • Grandmaster Flash and Autocomplete

    This blog was originally posted on March 3rd, 2015. Last fall, the Tumblr account Love, Grampa and Grandmaster Flash made a splash with its humorous screen captures of autocomplete gone awry. If you use Facebook, you ...
    Traci Gardner
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  • “I now understand her point better”: Reflections on Empty Narratives of Research

    I’m using Maggie Nelson’s award-winning memoir, The Argonauts, as the central text in an essay course I’m teaching this semester. We’re reading five to ten pages a week, moving slowly through N...
    Richard E. Miller
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  • Discuss Student Debt in our Writing Classes? Our Students Can’t Afford for Us Not To

      Economics has risen above its reputation as the "dismal science,” but it still may not seem like a lively topic for a composition classroom. However, in the spirit of inviting our students to grapple wit...
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  • Postmodern President?

      In a New York Times op-ed piece, Thomas B. Edsall asks “Is President Trump a Stealth Postmodernist or Just a Liar?” Intrigued by the question, I scrolled through the article, finding that writ...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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  • Super Ads 2018: Or the Dog that Didn't Bark in the Night

      Yes, it's that time of year again: time for Super Bowl Semiotics, advertising division. And as I contemplate this year's rather uninspiring, and uninspired, lineup, I find myself realizing that the ads were mo...
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  • About Those Speech Bubbles

    Recently, New York Times reporter Jonah Bromwich asked “Why Are All Our Words in Bubbles?” In a brief article appearing in the Technology section of the Times, Bromwich notes that Twitter and Facebook intr...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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  • Symbolism and the State of the Union

      President Trump’s recent State of the Union Address was the 95th annual state of the union message delivered in person by a President to the American people. (In the past, some were written messages.) Th...
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  • Get on the Bus: Reading Guides in ALP and IRW Classrooms

    How can we help students deal with challenging readings—especially scholarly readings—in our ALP and IRW classrooms? Many composition programs require students to use scholarly sources in researched essays...
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  • “When the Voices You Hear Are Beginning to Be Your Own” (shout to Jackie Jones Royster)

    A native of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Karen Keaton Jackson began her academic career at Hampton University in Virginia, earning a Bachelor of Science in English Secondary Education with summa cum laude distinction. ...
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  • Writing as Punishment

      A friend whose daughter is in seventh grade told me recently that her class was known to be very “rowdy” and difficult to control (his daughter is not part of the difficult group!). So, the teacher...
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  • Online Identity Revision Plans

    Several years ago, I developed a revision plan assignment, based on information I first found on Kristin Arola’s website and that is also discussed in Writer/Designer, the textbook I was using for...
    Traci Gardner
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