Writing Archive


Popular vs. Scholarly Sources 101

Help prepare students for a productive research strategy by demonstrating the differences between poplar and scholarly sources. Okay, think fast. How do you tell the difference between popular and scholarly sources? Maybe a little list runs through your head, like this: Is …
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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 …

Writing Pedagogy in a Global Context

Duke University Professor of Writing Dr. Denise Comer shares her experience of advancing writing studies as a discipline in India and creating global exchanges among writing faculty about writing pedagogy, language, power, and culture. Located outside of Delhi, India, Shiv Nadar University …
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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Popular vs. Scholarly Sources 101
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