Thinking Historically through Writing: Justice and the Courts in American Democracy

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2017-06-01T17:53:15+00:00

“Civics” is defined as the “…study of the theoretical and practical aspects of citizenship, its rights and duties; the duties of citizens to each other as members of a political body and to the government.”  How do we teach these theoretical and practical underpinnings to our students in a way that is intellectually honest, [...]

Writing to Learn in the STEM Disciplines

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2017-02-02T20:12:12+00:00

With its focus on mathematical and scientific texts, this workshop presents writing strategies that help students gain a better understanding of complex ideas. Specific STEM-related writing practices, which can be used in the classroom or homework assignments, support close reading of texts of all genres—lab reports, word problems, geometrical equations, etc. -- and allow students [...]

Revolutionary Grammar

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2017-03-20T20:03:26+00:00

Everyone—inside and outside the academic community—has an opinion about grammar. Parents, CEOs, and, of course, teachers worry that students graduate from high school and college without understanding the rules of grammar. But what does it mean to know grammar? If it were simply a matter of learning rules, teachers would not be struggling to [...]

Creative Nonfiction: Telling the Truth

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2017-02-02T20:12:12+00:00

Creative nonfiction reports back to us from what we call the real world, its subject matter “documentable. . . as opposed to ‘invented’ from the writer’s mind,” as Barbara Lounsberry puts it. Its subgenres are many: the personal essay; the essay of place; nature writing; family portraits; memoir; and writing about war, travel, adventure, food, [...]

Teaching the Academic Paper

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2017-03-20T20:05:19+00:00

Teaching the Academic Paper While we can all recognize good academic writing, especially in our own disciplines, it is more difficult to establish reasonable and professionally-responsible standards for students’ academic papers. This workshop helps to bridge that gap. This workshop explores what we value in academic writing, re-examines how we define it, and offers writing to [...]

Writing to Learn

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2017-02-02T20:12:12+00:00

This workshop presents writing strategies that help students gain a better understanding of complex ideas, historical documents, literary texts, and mathematical problems.