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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...
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...
A PowerPoint presentation explaining what paraphrasing is, how to paraphrase, and an in-class activity for paraphrasing.
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.
A written group assignment that asks students to create a proposal designed to convince a funding agency to fund their organization’s new social justice project.
This assignment asks students to familiarize themselves with public art and their city by finding one piece to describe, research and analyze. It encourages students to reveal the connections between artists, locations, and communities.
A 2-page handout focusing on MLA citations and formatting for an annotated bibliography.
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.
A PowerPoint presentation that breaks down different types of evidence and explains how and when to use them.
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.
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...
Submitted by John Casey. A research proposal assignment for a required composition class focused on academic writing and research.
One of my favorite in-class activities is simple, easy to set up, and, most importantly, it involves Lego. I often use this in composition...
An engaging and easily adaptable assignment for early career students that helps them navigate their college career paths