Process: Not Another Formula

In my Methods class, we’ve started to explore how to teach writing. For Monday’s class, my students read an article by Arthur Applebee and Judith Langer, “What’s New in the Teaching of Writing.” The authors summarize research over the last 30 or so years connected to writing instruction. One of …

Lessons Learned

This semester I decided to try using a wiki in my upper-division, English-Education-major class: Literacy Studies. To put it mildly, the assignment floundered, used up a lot of face-to-face class time, and eventually worked mildly well. However, I asked my students A LOT of questions during the assignment, reflected a …

Because Writing Matters

Today, one of the participants in the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project’s Summer Institute picked out an amazing quote to discuss from the NWP’s publication, Because Writing Matters. When I read the book, my eyes must have glossed over this passage, so I’m very glad that Lesli pointed it out: …

Rhetoric of Crisis

On Thursday, Andrea Lunsford and Karen Lunsford were in Fresno by invitation of my department’s graduate student organization Students of English Studies Association. I think it was a first to have two such prominent Composition scholars present at California State University, Fresno. I had breakfast with them and a group …

Teaching Revision

Yesterday in my Methods class, we focused on teaching revision strategies. I went to the old classic, Barry Lane’s After the End which has great ideas about how to teach revision. After skimming the book, I decided to model a specific strategy for my students, one that Lane calls “Growing …

Essay Prompts

When we want our students to write an essay, we need to communicate clearly. In the U.S., we talk about giving our students written “prompts” with the essay assignment. I like the word “prompt” because it reminds us that the written instructions can “prompt” student thinking and remind them of …