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English Instructor at Southwestern Community College Iowa

Kelly Franklin is a full-time English instructor at Southwestern Community College in the hills of southern Iowa, and originally hails from central Illinois. On a typical day, Kelly can be found teaching: Intro to Composition, Research Writing, Technical Writing, Young Adult Literature, Dramatic Literature, and African American Literature. When she isn’t teaching, she can be found in the theater directing the SWCC Drama club, or at home with her four children, three cats, and two dogs. Currently, Kelly’s research interests are centered on feminism in media post-9/11, and gender performance. She is preparing to defend her Doctoral Capstone Project (about reading comprehension at the community college) in the summer of 2017. She is a passionate teacher, and avid Dr. Who fan.

Three Tricks to Learning Students’ Names

I pride myself in knowing all of my student’s names by the end of the first week of class. This is no easy task...

Five Ways to Effectively Engage Students

I am frequently asked, “How do you do what you do?” and I always say, “I just do it.” So,when prompted to discuss how...

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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.
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Grammar Lesson Presentation

A grammar presentation assignment for small groups on an assigned topic. Each group is required to provide an explanation, examples, and a way for the class to practice the lesson. This assignment also includes a reflective component.
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Class Starters for the Fiction Workshop

For fiction writers, provocation is part of the job description. The same should go for our teaching of fiction, especially with students who are...