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 Butler on Unsplash
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This handout I made in sheer frustration after hearing the same complaints about thesis formulation over and over again from my students. I’ve learned in my previous experience that when I use more meaningful issues for thesis examples, students tend to focus on content and not form. Here I’ve modeled different kinds of thesis framing for them using the very […]
This handout is a counterargument explanation sheet using the example of trying to persuade your loved ones that your bad boyfriend is not so bad. I often teach this handout in conjunction with the chapter “Skeptics May Object” from Graff and Birkenstein’s They Say / I Say. Feature image by Sarah Cervantes on Unsplash
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.
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 […]