English Composition Archive

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Teaching Through Conferences

Teaching through conferences It’s a practical reality that English composition teachers have to instruct the group as a whole. Especially in the freshman and sophomore courses, there are required elements that we all have to cover, like the rhetorical analysis of an …
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Handling Grammar and Usage in Papers

Indiana-Purdue Univ. English Instructor, Louisa Danielson shares her strategy for establishing language rules early in the semester and stem the tide of common grammatical errors. At the beginning of the semester, you never know what the range of grammar efficiency is that you will …
Library Instruction

Library Instruction and Writing Courses

Duke University Professor of Writing, Dr. Denise Comer shares her best practices for achieving research objectives by integrating library instruction into writing intensive courses. In what ways, if any, does your institution’s library intersect with writing courses? How does this relationship (or lack thereof) …

My 5 Favorite Writing Activities

Duke University Professor of Writing, Dr. Denise Comer shares her top 5 writing activities that facilitate contextual learning both inside or outside the classroom. Part of what makes teaching writing fun is how different each class can be. With each iteration of a course, …
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Designing Writing Projects (Part 1)

Essential Concepts for Designing Compelling, Successful, and Meaningful Writing Projects  Denise K. Comer, Associate Professor of the Practice of Writing Studies and Director of First-Year Writing, Duke University Of the many writing projects you have completed across your education, which ones were your favorites? …
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