Twenty Writing Assignments in Context: An Instructor's Resource for the Composition Classroom

Twenty Writing Assignments in Context: An Instructor's Resource for the Composition Classroom


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Twenty original, classroom-tested assignments: This innovative collection of college writing assignments explores the practical applications of each lesson. Drawing upon current best practices, each chapter includes a discussion of the rationale behind the assignment, along with supplemental elements such as guidelines for evaluation, prewriting exercises and tips for avoiding common pitfalls. The assignments are designed for a range of courses, from first-year composition to upper-division writing in various disciplines.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476665092
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 12/05/2016
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Melissa Bender is a lecturer in the University Writing Program and the assistant director of the Writing Across the Curriculum Program at the University of California, Davis. Her interests include professional writing, visual rhetoric, composition and international education. A former president of the Margaret Atwood Society, Karma Waltonen is a senior lecturer in the University Writing Program at the University of California, Davis, where she won the Academic Federation Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

The Rhetoric of Everyday Objects: An Assignment Sequence Melissa Bender 7

Writing and Designing Informational Booklets for International Exchange Students M. Ann Brady 20

Framing the Personal Narrative: Composition and Documentary Film Jodie Childers 34

Blogging Advanced Composition Elisa Cogbill-Seiders Ed Nagelhout Denise Tillery 45

Proposal Writing in Technical Communications Barbara J. D'Angelo 60

Past Meets Present: Exploring the University Archives to Compose and Connect Christine Denecker 75

Writing the Brain: A Multimodal Assignment Sequence Jason W. Ellis 92

Making Financial Contracts User-Friendly: Conducting Research, Redesigning Documents and Proposing Changes in the Workplace Sara K. Gunning 106

Geobiographies: A Place-Based Assignment Sequence Jim Henry 118

The Discipline Resource Guide Website Dalyn Luedtke 131

Global Urban Centers: A Rhetorical Analysis of Street Art Gerald Maki 143

The Academic Discourse Project Gracemarie Mike 153

Political Cartoons and Multimodal Composition: The Visual Argument Assignment Erin Dee Moore 164

Researching and Writing a History of Composition-Rhetoric Lori Ostergaard 179

Critical Analysis of a Wikipedia Entry Gwendolynne Reid 190

"In the Year": Using Website Design for ePortfolios Katherine Robbins 204

Workplace Document Analysis and Evaluation Melissa Vosen Callens 216

The Partner Project: Advanced Argument Karma Waltonen 226

Captain Discourse and Other Heroes: Learning about Writing Research through Comic Books Courtney L. Werner Nicole I. Caswell 244

Critical Analysis of Student Ethnography Abby Wilkerson 257

About the Contributors 271

Index 275

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