A great piece of advice for any writer is to read as much as possible. If one wants to write novels, reading great novels can act as a blueprint. Over the course of 300 pages, one can track character arcs, revel in striking imagery, follow intricate plot lines and so on. Even though great novels […]
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It can be difficult to engage students in critical thinking, but this activity helps students think outside the box and anticipate problems. I’ve found that it helps preface my argumentative essay assignment and provides a refreshing break from the norm during the semester as it incorporates individual and group work, with the winning team earning extra […]
Students are often intimidated by grammar because they’re led to believe it’s a case of ‘right’ or ‘wrong.’ Some students get so caught up in if they’re using a comma correctly that they miss the point of using one, while others avoid using commas at all because they don’t know how to ‘do it right.’ […]
I’ve always been interested in the question of where the fiction writer finds material. I’ve always been particularly interested in how the autobiographical gets transformed into fiction. My curiosity comes not from a prurient interest in the lives of writers, but more from a desire to provide my students a way to increase the urgency […]
One of the areas of writing I teach is evaluation. Students learn that we make assessments based on quality, opposition, rankings or comparisons, and flexible evaluative criteria. This particular activity focuses on the evaluative element of quality. Ultimately, the goal is two-fold. Students will have the opportunity to learn about and evaluate their academic institution. […]
I recently read a quotation by Janet Finch, who reminds writers, “You’re a writer and you have to invent it from scratch, all by yourself.” In fairness to Finch, she was responding to the overuse of clichés in writing – a worthy pursuit benefiting our students – but setting up writing as something that emerges […]
For fiction writers, provocation is part of the job description. The same should go for our teaching of fiction, especially with students who are just starting out. Unlike some other college courses, where passivity and routine help students stomach lectures, an ideal creative writing classroom is one in which students can expect to be challenged, […]
In our current, cultural landscape there are many divisive topics that individuals associate with while dismissing contrary perspectives. It is easy to disregard what someone else has to say when there is a gap in empathy and connectivity. The goal of this exercise, in dismantling, or “checking one’s privilege”, is to allow students to see what kind of advantages they may take for granted while overlooking some of the obstacles others may have to face on a daily basis.
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.
I’ve taught multiple sections of composition over the years and without fail a majority (but not all) of my students have little interest in world news/events/culture. This lack of interest has made teaching Comp (or ENG) 102 difficult since the course focuses on researching and writing about world events (at least it has at the […]
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 classes to illustrate the concept of writing as a process, but I’ve found that, with a few minor tweaks, it can be easily adapted to any variety of lessons or concepts. […]
Silence in the classroom can be awkward, especially when your students are tasked with discussing their peers’ work in a creative writing workshop. I’ve found that a simple Question-Comment-Suggestion response helps guide less experienced students in the workshopping process. These responses are what they sound like: they ask students to respond to a piece of writing […]