Our new course requirements for ENG 101 and ENG 145 strongly encourage instructors to ask students to do genre research on and to write for different kinds of “research-based” publications.
Obviously, we would like it if many of our instructors would choose to have their students create articles for the Grassroots Writing Research Journal, but the following link includes an enormous list of different publication venues that might be appropriate for undergraduates.
Why not at least try an assignment where students research these venues?
If you missed the “using audio technology in the writing classroom” Tech Time, check out this resource about using podcasts in the writing classroom. And keep your eyes peeled for the first Writing Program Podcast Series recording coming soon!
A discussion board is a great way to maintain open lines of communication with your students. By providing a common space for students to ask questions, you’ll be able to give in-depth answers to each question rather than face the prospect of several e-mails all asking the same question. Additionally, most student’s aren’t quite sure what to ask – often, students receive important clarification from ongoing discussion which they would never seek out on their own.
Using Genre Studies to Develop Alternative Teaching Genres
This document began as a talk at the Genre 2012 Conference, which took place at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. This version of the talk argues that it’s critical for instructors in our “genre/CHAT” program to do their own “genre investigations” of the basic genres that shape and control classroom activity. Download Teachers Rethinking Teaching Genres
Here is another new document — this time it’s a basic handout that discusses the strategies authors can use to become “writing researchers” as they investigate genres in context. It’s designed as a handout for students. Instructors can use the handout as is, but they can also download the MSword file and adapt the handout for use in their classrooms.
Investigating Genres (msword version)
Investigating Genres (.pdf file)