Category Archives: Writing Exercises

A Multimodal Tools Challenge

Each semester, I incorporate a multimodal/multimedia project or project element into my writing courses. I’ve tried many strategies for introducing students to the wide-range of free tools available to them (see my “Online Collaboration Tool” exercise). Currently, students in my Rhetorical Grammar … Continue reading

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New Vidcasts for the OWL at Purdue

I’m happy to share the vidcasts that I created for the OWL at Purdue’s YouTube channel. Enjoy! Introduction to Rhetoric: How to Write White Papers: Invention and Prewriting: Introduction to Pathos:

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Embodied Writing

I fell in love with Rhetoric and Composition upon first reading about the role of embodiment in writing. Writers like Patricia Dunn, Kathleen Blake Yancey, Malea Powell, and Jacqueline Jones Royster (among many others) engaged my attention by linking writing … Continue reading

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To the Sound of Elevator Music: Elevator Pitches!

Next week, my business writing students will present elevator pitches for fictional companies, making specific suggestions about how the company should use social media for advertising, gaining client feedback, increasing brand recognition, obtaining internet pull research, or protecting the company … Continue reading

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First Day Writing Prompt

My first ENGL 106 class meets in a computer lab–a space with almost infinite possibility!  I began by asking them to create a writing sample.  I like the benefit of creating samples on computers–where students can type rather than handwrite–because I … Continue reading

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Starting a New Semester

Tomorrow, I start a new semester–my second in the long haul of the PhD program.  I am very excited, but also a bit nervous about how I’ll handle the three seminars I just had to sign up for:  Archival Theory … Continue reading

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Writing in a Digital Age (Museum Exhibit Idea)

Last week, digital artists Shannon McMullen and Fabian Winkler delivered the last lecture of the 2010 Hutton Series at Purdue.  Their artwork is highly interactive—turning traditional art-viewers into art-participants.  They encourage this kind of interaction by grappling with the way … Continue reading

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