The Bedford Bits blog provides instructors with teaching ideas from leading scholars, authors, and professors, focusing on composition generally, while LitBits was created just for literature instructors. However, sometimes the great contributors on Bits have approaches and perspectives that are equally useful in the literature classroom.
For this week’s post, we have gathered a collection of great posts on poetry, using technology and culture to engage students, and writing as a social action.
Holly Pappas, Gen Ed Poetry: Finding a Real Toad or Two
Holly Pappas offers an assignment that will help engage students who are overwhelmed by or bored with poetry, and explains to her students that they don’t need perfect understanding to appreciate what is happening in a poem.
Joelle Hahn, Poetry, Proliferating
Technology has made an undeniable impact on the written word, and Joelle presents a variety of online resources for navigating online poetry.
Traci Gardner, Using Pop Culture to Hook Students on Poetry
Song lyrics, commercial jingles, and Dr. Seuss all play a role in Traci Gardner’s plan to entice students into loving poetry.
Andrea Lunsford/Jeanne Law Bohannon, Multimodal Mondays: Day in the Life: A DIY Assignment Using Immediate Media, Archives, and Animation to Engage Student-Scholars in Digital, Public Writing
An explanation of how Twitter, Storify, and Go Animate bring digital learning and literacy to the classroom.
Traci Gardner, A List of Ten Inspired by Literary Starbucks
Traci Gardner uses Literary Starbucks as a model, creating an assignment that allows students to playfully explore the minds and characters of great literary figures.
Michael Michaud, Writing is a Public Act: Take One
In this exploration of how the private writing of the college classroom differs from the public writing of the internet, Michael Michaud discusses his efforts to bring student writing into the public sphere and generate discussion about the impact that writing can have.
Andrea Lunsford, Writing to Make Something Happen in the World
Andrea Lunsford discusses “good writing” in the context of words that serve a performative – even a transformative – purpose in the world, sharing and causing waves of social justice and change.