• Design Principles from Career Field to the Writing Classroom

    Students typically know about design in their own career fields. Civil engineering majors, for instance, typically know what a good bridge, a well-designed intersection, or an efficiently designed airport looks like. ...
    Traci Gardner
    created by Traci Gardner
  • 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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  • Writing a Course Manual

    I am currently revising my Technical Writing Course Manual, in preparation for my summer session course, and I want to share the document and how it has worked this week. I first created the manual, using a Google Doc...
    Traci Gardner
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  • Political Memes from the Internet to Protest Posters

    As I have written in my last two posts, I presented on the ways that image macro memes (the memes that usually consist of an image and a text caption) at the Computers and Writing Conference in June. Specifically, I f...
    Traci Gardner
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  • Image Macro Meme Makers

    LOLcat defining Politics, with captions, Politics: n - frum Greek. Poli - many, tics - blood sucking parasites Last week, I shared a Political Meme Scavenger Hunt activity, one of the resources that I also shared at t...
    Traci Gardner
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  • Using Google Forms to Create Fast Class Activities

    Google Forms make an easy task of collecting information from students for class discussion and writing activities. Just gather student responses your Google Form, and use the collected responses as the basis of class...
    Traci Gardner
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  • Political Meme Scavenger Hunt

    Protest Poster showing Grumpy Cat holding an Ethernet cable, with the message, “#NSA Killed My Internet. Now I have to build a GNU one.” Sometimes a LOLcat is just a humorous comment on life. Other times, ...
    Traci Gardner
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  • Write This, Not That: A Class Activity

    Writing a simple email message can turn me into an overthinking scaredy-cat. Am I using the right phrase? Do I sound like I’m apologizing too much? Am I oversharing? Am I being too vague? Ugh. I end up evaluatin...
    Traci Gardner
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  • The Sense of an Ending: Popular Teleology and Game of Thrones

    With television's arguably most prominent dramatic series ending amidst the ashes of King's Landing and the outrage of many of its most loyal fans (including a remarkable Change.Org petition demanding an entire Season...
    Jack Solomon
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  • Using Grammar Girl Podcasts to Teach about Commonly Confused Words

    This blog series is written by Julia Domenicucci, an editor at Macmillan Learning, in conjunction with Mignon Fogarty, better known as Grammar Girl.     Today’s blog post is the last one for the sprin...
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  • The Truth Is Still the Truth

    As the academic year ends, it’s time for me to turn to revising Elements of Argument and The Structure of Argument. What do I have to keep in mind about argument in the headlines as I look ahead? Given the polit...
    Donna Winchell
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  • Speaking and Writing—and Summer Break!

      In two days I will be in Vancouver for the meeting of the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing held at the University of British Columbia, where I taught from 1977 to 1987. What a treat ...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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  • Professional Development, Summer Style

    What are your scholarship and professional development plans for the summer? Like many colleagues, I relish the opportunity to focus on research projects, reading, and course development during the summer “downt...
    Miriam Moore
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  • Tic-Tac-Toe Discussion

    A couple of weeks ago, I shared my Daily Discussion Post (DDP) activity, which asks students to read materials that are related to the course activities and respond to them. This summer I plan to design some new ...
    Traci Gardner
    created by Traci Gardner
  • Menus, Collaboration, and Rhetorical Choices: Teaching Genre Analysis in the Classroom

    Today’s guest blogger is Tanya Rodrigue, an associate professor in English and coordinator of the Writing Intensive Curriculum Program at Salem State University in Massachusetts.    A couple...
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  • Tangled Roots Revisited: a Celtic Connection

    Topics for popular cultural analysis can spring out at you at the most unexpected times—in fact, that is one of the goals of cultural semiotics: to attune oneself to the endless array of signs that we encounter ...
    Jack Solomon
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  • The 2019 Lunsford Awards!

    Valexa Orelien, me, Autumn Warren, and Vrinda Vasavada at the 2019 Lunsford Oral Presentation of Research Awards.   Well, I’ve just enjoyed one of my favorite days of the year—the annual Lunsford Ora...
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  • Free-to-Use Visual Assets for Digital Projects

    Good visual assets can take a digital project from average to awesome. Add the photo on the right, which shows an African American woman working on a World War II dive bomber, to a research project on the role of Afri...
    Traci Gardner
    created by Traci Gardner
  • 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...
    Susan Naomi Bernstein
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  • Arguing over Game of Thrones

    Who would have thought that an anachronistic coffee cup on the set of a television show would have outpaced a trade war with China as a news story? And that was even before the controversial penultimate episode of Gam...
    Donna Winchell
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