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Place Essays — Examples Using Research

Incorporating research into creative nonfiction essays helps bring the narrative to life but can be difficult to do. Below you'll find a collection of...

On What I Hope This Site Can Be

A Message from the Editor: For those of you that know me, and no doubt today, at the start of this project, many of you...

Common Thesis Complaints

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...
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Ethics Self-Quiz

Discussing ethics in Creative Nonfiction can feel like a static list of do's and don'ts but I start my unit by giving them this Ethics Self-Quiz

Peer Review Forms

These handouts were developed to help students provide productive and specific feedback during peer review. They support students in giving constructive criticism based on specific generic expectations, such as the strength of thesis statements, organization, and use of sources. 

Visualizing Class Participation

A diagram that helps students and teachers be on the same page when it comes to understanding expectations for and evaluations of class participation.
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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...

MLA & the Annotated Bibliography

A 2-page handout focusing on MLA citations and formatting for an annotated bibliography.

Literary Magazine Submissions

A handout covering the basics of submitting to literary magazines: where to submit, cover letters, terminology, and mistakes to avoid.

Types of Plagiarism

Plagiarism is more than just copying and pasting the words of others and this can sometimes be difficult to explain to students. The handout below illustrates the different types of plagiarism and provides examples that can be used for an in-class activity and discussion.
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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.

The Bad Boyfriend Counterargument

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....
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Reflection on Professionalism & Participation

A handout distributed in class that asks students to reflect on their actions as a developing professional and their participation in class. Participation is...
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Concision for Creative Writers

If you're looking for a way to encourage your creative writing students to be more concise, try this simple concision handout.       Photo by Todd Quackenbush on Unsplash    
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MLA Formatting in Word and Google Docs

A simple handout that provides step-by-step details on how to add first line and hanging indents as well as inserting page numbers in the...

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Review Beyond the Food

This assignment goes beyond your standard food review as it asks students to research and evaluate all aspects of the restaurant including its history, location, and design. It includes a focus on using sensory descriptions and depictions to entice the reader.

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.

The Hip-Hop Nation

An argumentative essay that requires students to clearly articulate their position on whether rap and hip-hop have a negative or positive effect on its listeners, if there should be control over the content of songs, and to explore the reasons why people are affected by these genres so strongly.