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Assistant Professor of Composition at University of Minnesota Crookston

Dani Johannesen earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of South
Dakota in 2012 and is currently Assistant Professor of Composition at the
University of Minnesota Crookston.  She is the co-editor of Iconic Sports
Venues: Persuasion in Public Spaces (Peter Lang, 2017), a collection of
scholarly essays on the rhetorical implications of sports venues. Her
scholarship and creative work has appeared in Brevity, Midwestern Gothic,
South Dakota Review, The Nautilus: A Maritime Journal of History,
Literature, and Culture, and elsewhere. Her scholarly interests include
magical rural-ism, environmental literature, eco-criticism, and rhetorical

Advice: Raising the Stakes: Group Projects as Competitive Contests

Group projects regularly cause trepidation but structuring them as competitive contests leads students away from generic and predictable outcomes.

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Is it Really All My Fault? Sharing on In-Class Discussions

I’ve become familiar with the resistance to classroom discussions, but, until recently, I always assumed good discussions were lacking because students are, generally speaking, lacking in “critical thinking.” But last week, something happened that made me reconsider.

Activity: Drawing, Doodles, and Sketches

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.
american literature

Quiz: Two Prompts for a Take Home Quiz – Lit

Submitted by John Casey. This document contains prompts for two take home quizzes given to students as extra credit options in a 200-level Survey of American Literature course.