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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

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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Lego: The Building Blocks of Writing

One of my favorite in-class activities is simple, easy to set up, and, most importantly, it involves Lego. I often use this in composition...
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Five Revision Activities

Five revision activities you can use either inside or outside the classroom to show the importance and effects of revision. 
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Outlining Argumentative Essays

A useful handout that explains how to outline an essay. It draws on similar examples from my handout on Common Thesis Complaints.         Feature image by Andrew...