So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehen, goodnight…(29 April 2017)

This class has been the best of both worlds: informative and fun! I appreciate all of the feedback and conversations we have had over the course of the semester, and I really can't wait to be in a class with you all again (including you, Dr. Woodworth). I have been busy working on my syllabi…

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Executive Summary Draft (24 April 2017)

Basic Writing Executive Summary Assignment - any feedback is appreciated greatly Description of the Class Goals and Objectives[1] ENGL 0100/0101 is a writing course that will engage students in the writing process as they work to create a zine. This zine project encourages students to consider what is important to know and understand about the…

Rose and Remedial Recommendations (19 April 2017)

Here's an excerpt from my project: Since this class is focused on Basic Writing, you should all read “Remedial Writing Courses: A Critique and a Proposal.” In it Rose writes, “remedial writing curriculum must fit into the overall context of a university education: students must, early on, begin wrestling with academically oriented topics that help…

Basic Writing Sequence (22 March 2017)

I haven’t read this book before, but I recognize the questions on page 165 in Fleming’s “Reading and Writing Connections in College Composition Textbooks: The Role of Textbook Readers.” I have an adapted version of those that a friend of mine gave me when I took over the role of Composition Curriculum Coordinator at AUM.…

Questions Galore This Week (1 March 2017)

Reconnecting Reading and Writing is a new text for me. I enjoyed reading the Overview, and I can’t wait to read the rest. From the very beginning, this book touches on some of our class discussions. In particular, “Our diverse perspectives find common ground in the view that reading and writing have been too much…

A Time for Reflecting…22 Feb. 2017

As is typical in an emerging field, the early texts are fledglings. In the grand scheme of English Studies, rhetoric and composition is a toddler compared to the grandparents (literature). The field doesn’t seem that way when you’re in the midst of it, but when you step back you can see the larger context; the…

BW: movin on and movin up! 15 Feb 2017

In both articles this week, the Mina Shaughnessy discussion is complex. While they acknowledge her contribution to the BW field, there are lots of critiques. In 2001 Mutnick referred to “her essentialist depiction of the basic writer” (184). In addition, she writes that Shaughnessy “was not a revolutionary in the sense of having a penetrating…

On Errors and Expectations (1 Feb. 2017)

I remember my first community college classroom. It was in a high tech computer room in what my colleagues referred to as the ghetto (I suspect they have never truly been to a “ghetto” or know how to interrogate what they really mean by the word…but that’s another blog topic all together). My town was…