Education Vignettes (The Wire and Alexie)

Education Vignettes Guidelines Education Vignettes Revision Workshop Shared by Elizabeth Baldridge For their first major writing assignment, students are asked to deliver snapshots of their educational experiences, like those bits we see in early episodes of The Wire (season 4) or in Sherman Alexie’s “Indian Education.” I’m also including here the revision workshop students completeContinue reading “Education Vignettes (The Wire and Alexie)”

This I Believe Assignment Sequence

TIB Assignment Sequence Rubric for TIB 3a  Rubric for TIB 3b Rubric for TIB 3c  Shared by Karen Henderson This assignment sequence we work on for about a month at the end of the semester. I use the This I Believe essays as models and ask students to write their own. I subsequently publish aContinue reading “This I Believe Assignment Sequence”

Narrative Collage

Narrative Collage Worksheet for Indian Education Student Samples Shared by Jacque Wilson-Jordan This is a narrative collage. I’ve used the assignment for years, and the students love it. In addition to the assignment sheet, there is a worksheet based on an analysis of Sherman Alexie’s “Indian Education” (from *The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven*)Continue reading “Narrative Collage”

Six-credit Reading and Writing Course

Syllabus Unit Project One — Education Autobiography Unit Project Two — Placeography Unit Project Three — Education Narrative Unit Project Four — Argument Unit Project 5 — I-Search Shared by Jeremy Branstad I follow a pretty traditional assignment sequence by transitioning from experience-based writing to source-based writing as the semester progresses. Students really seem toContinue reading “Six-credit Reading and Writing Course”

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 earlyContinue reading “Name Game”

Four Visitors Unit

Descriptive Writing Chart Four Visitors Assignment Sheet Four Visitors Peer Review Sheet Going Somewhere Sample Questions for Going Somewhere Shared by Jessica Weleski I use this Four Visitors assignment at the beginning of the semester to help my students learn narrative structure and to allow them to have some fun with writing. As we leadContinue reading “Four Visitors Unit”