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Doctoral Candidate at University of Illinois at Chicago

Chris Bass is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Illinois Chicago.  He has taught English and Executive Functioning Skills in both Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago suburbs. His research interests include Disability Studies, Literacy Studies, and English Education. At UIC, he has taught courses in both the first year writing program and the English Education program.

Write Club

Two opposing writers. Two opposing ideas. This assignment captures the essence of Ian Belknap's Write Club as it has students face off in argument based presentations.

The Moth Memoir

An assignment that asks students to create what the Moth's mini-memoirs are known for: true stories, well told. 

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concision handout

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    

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.
Quote integration

The Perks of the Quote Integration

The ability to properly quote integrate shows readers that you fully understand the quote and you want them to understand and appreciate it as well.