Adaptable Documents Archive

  • EN 101/102 Readings

    This past term, several of us brainstormed a list of readings that were cheap or came in low-cost paperback editions that we’ve found useful in our first-year writing courses. This is just a list without context. If you’d like to see that email strand wherein […]

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  • The Student Autobiography

    Description The Literacy Narrative in First-Year Writing   The literacy narrative is an ideal genre to get students to read and write at the beginning of EN-101. Many enter our classrooms thinking they’re bad writers, that they know very little that is valued in college, […]

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  • Nature on Campus

    Description Since Spring 2013, my evening EN219: Reading and Writing about New York class has been doing a service learning project for the Nature on Campus blog, run by Eugene Harris of the Biology department and members of the Bayside community. The Nature on Campus […]

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  • Local Cultures of Queens

    Description Over the past decade, Professor Jan Ramjerdi and I have developed an alternative mode of teaching Freshman Composition, one that takes seriously and builds upon our students’ existing knowledge, interests, and experiences. Ethnography is the written study of human culture from the insider or […]

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  • Integrating Quotes from a Prose Source

    Description: Course(s) in which assignment was used: English 102, English 230, English 411 Original source of assignment: Parts of this were from the OWL, but I’ve modified it beyond recognition over the years. Brief summary of assignment aim and/or student skill set(s) developed through this […]

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  • Teaching Context: Human Trafficking

    Description The following set of materials are the core documents for a research simulation exercise I do during the last third of the semester. By this point students have written three essays, narrative, compare/contrast, and expository/argumentative each with a draft. As such, they have learned […]

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  • Archival Research Assignment

    Description As scholars or, perhaps, as concerned citizens, we return to the archives to see what has been left out, to retell the story, or to see the auratic traces of a life, a historical event, an institutional history for ourselves. What if we were […]

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  • Peer Review in the Writing Class: The Beginning of a Real Audience

    Description Peer review is a cornerstone of any writing class I teach. I realize that it’s important for students to receive my feedback—as the more experienced teacher-writer (and the grader of their writing)—and I realize that they want it (and fear it) as they try […]

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  • Creating an Anthology

    key elements of anthology Syllabus for Anthology-centered course Table Of Contents (screenshot) Anthology Grading System Student Reflections

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