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Whole Lotta Multimodalin’ Goin’ On

posted: 4.18.14 by Andrea Lunsford

Think 1957.  Think the inimitable Jerry Lee Lewis.  Or Elvis Presley.  Both sang about a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on.

I said come on over baby,

a-whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

Yeah I said come on over baby,

a-whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

Well we ain’t fakin’,

a-whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

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A Clash of Freedoms

posted: 4.18.14 by Donna Winchell

A headline from Fox News captures the controversy perfectly: “Mozilla CEO resignation over anti-gay marriage contribution raises free-speech issues.” The article opens, “The resignation of Mozilla’s CEO amid outrage that he supported an anti-gay marriage campaign is prompting concerns about how Silicon Valley’s strongly liberal culture might quash the very openness that is at the region’s foundation.” [read more]

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The Time Squeeze in the Teaching of Writing

posted: 4.16.14 by Nedra Reynolds

I find myself to be increasingly frustrated with how short semesters have become.  Where does the time go?  If writers need time, ownership, and response (Atwell), I can provide ownership and response, but I can’t give them much by way of time when so many cultural forces are conspiring to eat away at it.  [read more]

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The Shadow of the Chuckle Patch: Teaching Students Who Will Never Be English Majors

posted: 4.16.14 by Barclay Barrios

Today’s guest blogger is Anthony Lioi—an ecocritic, Americanist, and compositionist who works at the Juilliard School, where he also directs the Writing Center. He earned the BA at Brown University and the MA and Ph.D. at Rutgers University and held positions at Rutgers and MIT before taking his current position. [read more]

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Campus-Wide Handbook Adoption

posted: 4.15.14 by Steve Bernhardt

A few weeks back, I wrote about a visit to the University of Georgia to learn more about how they were using Writer’s Help in conjunction with their home-grown Emma software, a program that supports peer and instructor review and commentary. We learned recently that UGA would be moving to a campus-wide adoption of Writer’s Help, meaning all students would have four-year access. [read more]

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Choice in Writing Assignments

posted: 4.15.14 by Traci Gardner

At CCCC last month, I found myself in my room one night, reflecting on all the wonderful sessions I’d attended and ideas I’d heard. In one session, Elisabeth Kramer-Simpson from New Mexico Tech and Elizabeth Tomlinson from West Virginia University inspired me with their discussion of internships and open writing assignments in the technical writing classroom. [read more]

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Using Hashtags to Teach the Sociality of Writing

posted: 4.14.14 by Andrea Lunsford

Today’s Multimodal Monday post comes from Laura ClineA former A.P. English high school teacher, Laura now teaches composition and intro to literature courses at Pellissippi Community College in Knoxville, TN. In her assignment, Laura expands on the usefulness of social media for teaching audience by emphasizing the social importance of genre – both in an out of the classroom. 

As composition instructors know all too well, students often come into our classrooms with the assumption that academic writing has little or nothing to do with writing in the “real world.” [read more]

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We Are All Metamorphs

posted: 4.14.14 by Elizabeth Losh and Jonathan Alexander

Today’s guest blogger, Paula Mathieu, teaches courses at Boston College in composition pedagogy, nonfiction writing, rhetoric, cultural studies, and homeless literature, while also directing the First-Year Writing Program and the Writing Fellows Program.  She is author of Tactics of Hope: The Public Turn in English Composition and co-editor of three essay collections, including Circulating Communities, (2012) co-edited by Stephen Parks and Tiffany Roscoulp.   

Why am I writing this blog entry? While this is either a painfully obvious or deeply philosophical question, it is also deeply rhetorical. [read more]

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Why I Go to CCCC

posted: 4.10.14 by Andrea Lunsford

A few weeks ago I was in Indianapolis for the CCCC (4Cs) meeting, whose program was created by Adam Banks.  It was a whopper of a meeting, kicked off by a series of enticing workshops along with the 25th anniversary celebration of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition; this group has met every Wednesday evening during 4Cs since its founding in 1989.  [read more]

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Semiotics vs. Semiology

posted: 4.10.14 by Jack Solomon

The theme of this blog, as well as Signs of Life in the U.S.A., is, of course, the practice of the semiotic analysis of popular culture in the composition classroom and in any course devoted to popular cultural study.  But it is worth noting that my choice of the word “semiotics,” rather than “semiology,” is grounded in a meaningful distinction.  [read more]

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