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Dr. Jackie Cason
Composition Coordinator for the Department of English, University of Alaska Anchorage
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Students and faculty are invited to come learn about the work that writing does in various fields of inquiry. The series will take place on four Fridays this semester, from 10-11 am, in the Writing Center (SMH 118). Refreshments will be served. Please join us. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at UAA First-Year Composition
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Laine Parish, Information Literacy Intern Three facts show why we need to “go beyond the research paper” in English 111. For one, according to our library visit surveys, over half of our first year composition students have never used an online research database such as JSTOR. Two, one third of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at UAA First-Year Composition
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The question that has guided the inquiry of all the chapters in First Year Composition mirrors the kind of guiding question that Paula Mathieu uses in her own courses and in the writing program at Boston College: If you had the opportunity to teach a semester-long section of first-year composition... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at UAA First-Year Composition
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Laine Parish, Information Literacy Intern In order to promote information literacy in our students, it is important to not only evaluate our students' prior knowledge but also gauge their current attitudes towards the subject. What do I mean by gauging attitudes? What I mean is that we want to know... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at UAA First-Year Composition
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Laine Parish, Information Literacy Intern Last year I took a graduate level class where one of our assignments was to create a video profile of a local advocate. This assignment was beyond intimidating. For starters, I had just moved to Alaska a few months prior and was alien to any... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at UAA First-Year Composition
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Laine Parish, Information Literacy Intern Although every first year composition instuctor doesn't teach a genre analysis unit, every teacher has their students work in multiple genres throughout a semester. Whether students are conducting a rhetorical analysis or crafting a literacy narrative, they are constantly navigating through, what Charles Bazerman calls,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at UAA First-Year Composition
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Laine Parish, Information Literacy Intern In previous posts, I often used the Burkean Parlor metaphor to describe an ideal and conversational relationship between students and scholarly sources. This post explains a simple way to dramatize that metaphor. That is, this post hopes to outline a simple strategy that helps students... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at UAA First-Year Composition
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Today is a National Day of Writing, promoted by NCTE, and the theme for this year, #WriteMyCommunity, reflects a core value of UAA’s composition program—developing community literacy by engaging students in civic writing situations. At least two journals in our field support such work in community literacy, civic writing, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at UAA First-Year Composition
I want to call your attention to a new link within the English 111 Library Guide. Scott Downing from Kenai Peninsula College, in collaboration with a librarian, has created a Library Guide focusing specifically on resources for supporting multimodal composing. He is open to suggestions for additional resources or updates... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at UAA First-Year Composition
The following video was produced by Laine Parish, information literacy intern. Please consider showing the video to your class and linking the library guide within your Blackboard shell if you have not already done so. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at UAA First-Year Composition
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Laine Parish, Information Literacy Intern Whether using anecdotal evidence in a research paper, writing about a literacy event as an English 111 student, or just telling a colleague about your day, narrative is a key element in any communication process. As the Reflective Narrative page of the English 111 Library... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at UAA First-Year Composition
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At this point in the semester, week 5 and 6, the labor of teaching writing weighs heavily, papers coming in, grades going out. We determine whether a sample of writing meets or falls short of expectations. Grading comes with a great deal of responsibility, and sometimes it creates a distance... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at UAA First-Year Composition
Join us on October 20-24th for a week of complimentary web sessions on some of the most important and timely topics for your composition classroom. To view this email as a web page, go here. Join Macmillan Education and Bedford/St.Martin's October 20-24th for a week of complimentary Web sessions on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at UAA First-Year Composition
Just posted to the list: The authoritative work on the history of the term "remedial" in the University of California system is Jane Stanley’s The Rhetoric of Remediation -- a masterful book. John Briggs UC Riverside I wonder if the student authors you cite referenced Stanley's work.
The issue of "remedial" as a term on college campuses is a part of the conversation on the WPA list today.
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It’s that time of the semester when the noise of multiple tasks interferes with my ability to focus, and to sit down and write. I’ve been wanting to write this blog for days and have formulated it in my mind several times. Emails, meetings, initiatives, conflicts—they each come with noise... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at UAA First-Year Composition
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Laine Parish, Information Literacy Intern In my previous post, I discussed how academic writing is often characterized as entering a conversation with scholarly sources. Yet, as I mentioned, this is not an easy task for our students. In his well known essay, "Inventing the University," David Bartholomae describes just how... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at UAA First-Year Composition
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Laine Parish, Information Literacy Intern lmparish2@alaska.edu One formidable task for teachers promoting information literacy is to answer the question, how do I get my students to “buy in?” How can teachers get their students to believe that scholarly sources are worth their investment, especially when these sources are more cumbersome... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at UAA First-Year Composition
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Part 2: As I mentioned in Part 1, Canagarajah and Anson characterize writing as highly situated and complex, and they each value the student experience while challenging students to think critically about their language choices. For those working with multilingual students, highly probable in Anchorage, a language-centered classroom can take... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at UAA First-Year Composition
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A continuing series of posts focused on the recent publication First Year Composition: From Theory to Practice (2014), by Coxwell-Teague and Lunsford. Part 1: As I think about first year composition in Alaska, I believe a good starting point would be our own students and the linguistic diversity they bring... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at UAA First-Year Composition
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For English 111, we have bundled the They Say/ I Say text with Everyone's An Author as a way to help writers learn to weave the ideas of others into their own. Instructors may not realize, however, that They Say/I Say has a blog. I therefore encourage instructors to take... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at UAA First-Year Composition
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By Laine Parish, Information Literacy Intern To explain academic writing to students, many of us use the metaphor of a conversation or a Burkean parlor, as outlined in Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein’s They Say/ I Say. While Graff and Birkenstein openly invite challenges to the use of their templates,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at UAA First-Year Composition
Glad to see you here Sarah. I am planning to move through the book's chapters chronologically. I have read four at this point and am looking for common themes among them rather then posting on single chapters. The first chapter is written by Chris Anson, followed by a chapter written by Suresh Canagarajah. Both focus on literacy but in different ways.
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In 1961, the year I was born, Jane Jacobs had a radical idea. Why don’t we design cities from the pedestrian perspective instead of privileging the desires of motorists to drive non-stop? What might the urban experience be if we set aside our urge to zone for singular purposes and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at UAA First-Year Composition
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Doug Hesse provocatively asked the question, Who Owns Writing?, during his 2005 chair's address at the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Hesse revisited the question of ownership in 2008 as the keynote speaker at a conference hosted by Hofstra University, assembled to address the future of composition and rhetoric.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at UAA First-Year Composition