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African American Language and the Composition Classroom

Shenika Hankerson is a lecturer at Wayne State University and is currently ABD at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on using AAL intervention strategies in the Composition Classroom.  _____________________________________________ The language, only the language…It is the thing that black people love so much—the saying of words, holding them on the tongue, experimenting with them, … Continue reading

WSU WRT Zone Workshop Series: MLA (take 2)

So popular we had to add another! Join us in UGL #231 for another workshop on MLA formatting and citation style on Tuesday, 4/28 from 2-4pm.

WRT Zone Workshop Series

Digital Storytelling in First-Year Composition

I can vividly recall stumbling across “The World of Digital Storytelling” by Jason Ohler in late 2008. I was on winter break and I was looking for an innovative way to teach a personal narrative assignment to my soon-to-be first-year composition students. To be sure, I taught personal narrative assignments many different ways during many … Continue reading

Conversations Across the Sequence: 1020 & 3010 (Part II)

Erin Bell (GTA) wrote the following in response to Adrienne Janken’s (1020 Lecturer) initial query regarding connections between Eng 1020 & 3010. You can find the original post by clicking HERE. Update: Adrienne responded to Erin (meta!) – scroll down or click here Erin’s response: I find myself drawn to several aspects of Adrienne’s post, … Continue reading

Transactional Expectations?

The following was written by Derek Risse (GTA): This semester began, as most semesters begin, with expectations; expectations regarding what my students might learn across the course of the semester; expectations relating to what I might also learn. Presumably, my students came/come to the class with some similar and some (or perhaps many) different expectations. … Continue reading

Conversations Across the Sequence: 1020 & 3010

The following was written by Adrienne Jankens (1020 Lecturer): I’m going to jump off of one of the points from Karen and Luke’s conversation last month to explore my question. In their posts, Karen and Luke address, in part, whether we need to use the terminology of rhetoric when we discuss concepts of genre analysis … Continue reading

Conversations Across the Sequence: 1010 & 1020

Update (1/28): Karen’s response to Luke has been added to the end of this post This is the first in a series of question and response-style conversations from instructors teaching at different levels in the sequence. Karen Springsteen (1010 Lecturer) started the conversation with a query about how the work she’s doing in ENG 1010 … Continue reading

Teaching Reading in the Composition Classroom

The following post was co-authored by Clay Walker (1010 Lecturer) and LaToya Faulk (1020 Lecturer) Click HERE to download the file or continue reading below Teaching reading in the composition classroom can be challenging for a variety of reasons. First, we cannot easily access the internal processes of meaning making that take place when students read. … Continue reading

Grade Contracts: One Year In

In November 2012, Nicole Varty and I attended an NCTE session on grade contracts. The “progressive” in me wanted to check out alternative approaches to grading that put the emphasis on something other than “points.” The presenters, referencing Elbow and Danielowicz’s “A Unilateral Grading Contract to Improve Teaching and Learning” (2008), spoke about their implementation … Continue reading