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Rhetorical Choices: Using the New York Times “Annotated by the Author” in Class

Annotated by the Author is published weekly by the New York Times – it highlights one of the week’s articles and has the author explain their revision, editing, and rhetorical choices.  Everything from fixing grammatical errors to specific use of terms and names are explained.  These insights (we call them the ‘meta’ of writing) allow… Continue Reading Rhetorical Choices: Using the New York Times “Annotated by the Author” in Class

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The Lock Box Exam: “Escaping the Rhetoric” – Checking Content & Reinforcing Gen Ed Outcomes

Before I begin, I need to give credit and a shout out to Nick Roster, who inspired me with his own lock box activity.  I had been wanting to do a group-styled “exam” for some time with my  classes, and his idea of the “lock box” gave me the inspiration and vehicle to move my… Continue Reading The Lock Box Exam: “Escaping the Rhetoric” – Checking Content & Reinforcing Gen Ed Outcomes

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Look What’s New!

For my last article I thought I would take the time to let you all know about some new tools available to everyone to use with their Chrome browser, through Windows, Mac, Chromebooks, or phones. One set of tools is called Read&Write. Read&Write is now available to you on your Chrome browser. If you do… Continue Reading Look What’s New!

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“I’m sorry, but truthfully, I just pulled this out of my a**!”: Deception and Thought

In class last week, I asked students to begin drafting the introduction to the large complex writing project we have been working on for the past two weeks. I reminded them of what needed to happen in the introduction and told them to write for 20 minutes and then share out to the class.  When… Continue Reading “I’m sorry, but truthfully, I just pulled this out of my a**!”: Deception and Thought

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