at University of Louisiana-Lafayette
Dan Calhoun grew up in Florida, transplanted to Kansas (where he earned his MFA from Wichita State), and is now living it up in Louisiana. He’s currently a PhD candidate at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, where he also teaches English. He recently published a collection of short stories, and a play with Lit Riot Press. He also has spent the last year as a mentor in AWP's Writer to Writer program.
Most of the activities and assignments in our classrooms revolve around writing and reading, but having students draw, sketch, or doodle can give them news ways to express and connect their thoughts, ideas, and concerns. In this artical you'll find five ways to help students embrace their visual skills.
A grammar presentation assignment for small groups on an assigned topic. Each group is required to provide an explanation, examples, and a way for the class to practice the lesson. This assignment also includes a reflective component.
An assignment sequence where students explore the world of the arts, beginning with photography and increasing in writing involvement and critical scrutiny through the worlds of music and film before finally concluding in a work of literature. Through these various lenses, students examine both the status of these arts, what goes into evaluating them, and their relation to their campus, its history, and the world at large.