The Final Project

The thought of completing a collaborative final project by the end of the semester is a little daunting. During last week’s class, everyone had so many different intriguing ideas, so I’m definitely having a tough time narrowing them down and deciding which ones I like best. It’s also tough to articulate exactly what I wantContinue reading “The Final Project”

Voice and Power

“Voice in Writing Again: Embracing Contraries” In his article “Voice in Writing Again: Embracing Contraries,” Peter Elbow argues for two seemingly contradictory positions on voice, or the unique way each person’s writing “sounds.” Voice, he argues, is present in every aspect of writing, from politics to personal blog posts. We must pay attention to voiceContinue reading “Voice and Power”

Reaction and Presentation: “Grammar, Grammars, and the Teaching of Grammar” by Patrick Hartwell

Though I know grammar isn’t everyone’s favorite topic, I’m excited to share my thoughts on it in tomorrow’s presentation! Click the links to read my reaction paper and to view my presentation.

Multilingualism and Multiliteracies in an Outdated System of Education

Globalization is rapidly changing our society, but schools haven’t been able to keep up. Paul Kei Matsuda’s article “Teaching Composition in the Multilingual World” and “A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies: Designing Social Futures” by Courtney Cazden, Bill Cope, Norman Fairclough, Jim Gee, et al. discuss a few of the ways our current education system is failingContinue reading “Multilingualism and Multiliteracies in an Outdated System of Education”

Digital Literacy, Remixes, and Outdated Ideas

Despite being some of the most recently published pieces we’ve read so far, this week’s readings somehow feel more outdated than ever. Will Richardson’s “Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms” was published just before social media exploded and drastically changed the landscape of the “Read/Write Web.” Now, “everyone can have aContinue reading “Digital Literacy, Remixes, and Outdated Ideas”

The Process of Writing (and Annotating)

Lina Mounzer’s “War in Translation” is a moving exploration of the power of stories and language. I won’t go into too much detail about the content of the article here, because everyone in the Equity Unbound group can see my reactions to the piece in my annotations. Instead, I’d like to discuss my feelingsContinue reading “The Process of Writing (and Annotating)”

Rhetoric and Visualization

Although I’ve never technically taken a first year composition course (I tested out thanks to my high school AP Language and Composition class), I still found myself agreeing with many of the ideas presented in Bad Ideas About Writing about what the course should be. In his essay “First Year Composition Prepares Students for AcademicContinue reading “Rhetoric and Visualization”

Too Much Theory, Not Enough Practice: Evaluating John Bean and Peter Elbow

College professors must have a lot more free time than high school teachers. At least, that’s the impression I get after reading “Writing Comments on Students’ Papers” by John Bean and “Ranking, Evaluating, and Liking: Sorting Out Three Forms of Judgment” by Peter Elbow. Both articles give teachers sound advice on the best ways toContinue reading “Too Much Theory, Not Enough Practice: Evaluating John Bean and Peter Elbow”

Rhetoric and Belonging

Overview “Rhetoric and Composition” by Janice M. Lauer gives a detailed overview of the field of rhetoric and composition and its complex history. Lauer explains how the ancient discipline of rhetoric fell out of fashion around the twentieth century, when writing studies began to focus solely on composition and grammar. By the 1960s, however, scholarsContinue reading “Rhetoric and Belonging”

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