Monthly Archives: January 2013

Wikipedia Assignment

Wikipedia assignment

Shared by Sarah Alexander Tsai

This group project, which can easily be scaled up or down, invites students to trace the way Wikipedia authors use and cite secondary sources.  In following Wikipedia‘s “research paths,” students are likely to recognize both the strengths and limitations of collaboratively edited resources.

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Name Game

The Name Game

Wach’s “What’s in a Name?

Shared by Sarah Alexander Tsai

By investigating the origins and meanings of their own names, students learn how to blend primary research (especially personal interviews) with focused personal narrative.  Since this fairly low-stakes assignment also functions nicely as a community builder, I like to assign it early on.  Recommended accompanying readings for this assignment are as follows:

  • Bonnie Wach’s “What’s in a Name?”
  • Tom Rosenberg’s “Changing My Name after Sixty Years”
  • Sandra Cisneros’ “My Name”

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Writing Process Representation

Writing Process Rep

Shared by Nicole Hancock

This was inspired by a presentation by Naomi Silver at CCCC’s. It asks students to think about their writing process in a new way before beginning a reflective writing assignment (in my class, it is a cover letter for a portfolio). This is the handout I give students with some pretty basic step-by-step instructions for the students who need assistance with computer literacy.

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Introduction on Blackboard

Introduction on Bb

Shared by Nicole Hancock

This activity helps students rethink their introduction for a paper. This was inspired by an activity in Bruce Ballenger’s The Curious Researcher. Students must write more than one introduction for a paper that has already been drafted. They then post it in Blackboard and other students rate them using the star rating system. The assignment sheet I have submitted is what I give to students to explain the steps they should take. Screenshots have been inserted.

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Book List

Fall 2015 Book List

Book List (updated August 2014)

Shared by Elizabeth Baldridge

This is my updated book list used for the first part of the joy reading component of my course. Students choose their first joy reading book from this list (subsequent books just have to get my approval).

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