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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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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. 

Process and Post-Process Writing in The Composition Classroom

This post does not seek to discredit teachers using older editions of Writing and Rhetoric textbooks. I will offer an alternative model that can...
Feedback Creative Writing

Creative Writing Feedback: On Finding Praise

There’s a lot of talk in teaching circles about feedback—how to give an appropriate amount that doesn’t overwhelm the student (or the teacher’s workload) and balances praise and constructive criticism. Finding praise is, of course, characterized by its very verb as the part where you have to strain yourself, what you include to soften the blow your critique.