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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 5/7 Composition Committee Meeting Notes

    Minutes: Composition Committee Meeting, 5/7/14 Attendance: John Talbird, Laurel Harris, Kat Alves, George Fragopoulos, Ben Miller, Mike Dolan, James Kenney, Susan Jacobowitz, Alisa Cercone, Robin Ford, Aliza Atik, Elise Denbo, Danny Sexton. John Yi, Matt Koch, Tanya Zhelezcheva, Joost Burgers, Joan Dupre, Chris Leary, Elizabeth […]

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