CFP: AssignShare Blog Seeks Short Assignments for College Composition and Literature Courses for Publication

CFP: AssignShare Blog Seeks Short Assignments for College Composition and Literature Courses for Publication

Every instructor has at least one assignment or exercise of which he or she is especially proud—something that simply works. AssignShare is a resource blog devoted to the publication and discussion of great writing prompts, in-class exercises and other classroom assignments by and for instructors of college composition and literature classes. Instructors—from grad students to seasoned pros—are invited to submit their concisely written assignments for possible publication on this community resource.

Depending on the number of submissions received, we will post several assignments once a month. At some point down the road, the editors may collect the best assignments for a published volume.

In addition, we seek feedback and discussion among contributors and readers about the exercises. The comments may range from feedback for improving the assignment to variations on it, as well as related teaching experiences using the assignment. Anyone whose assignment is accepted for publication will be expected to thoughtfully comment on at least one other recent post, as well as respond to comments on his or her own post. We intend for this community resource to generate active discussion and to counteract the isolation that college instructors can experience.

Submission Guidelines: Any exercise that develops a specific skill or addresses challenges to reading and writing in the college English classroom are welcome. Examples of what we are looking for might include an in-class exercise on argumentation; an exercise about narrowing a topic; a multistep peer-review protocol; an activity focused on an element of grammar; or an exercise introducing the practice of close reading literature. We also are very interested in assignments that address online research and incorporate multimedia.

Each blog post must be no longer than 550 words. An image to illustrate the post is also appreciated. Please write about your assignment in an energetic, informal style, using the first person voice. Beyond that, discuss your assignment in the way that best serves it. Your post might include some of the following:

1. A narrative of the exercise that explains step-by-step a) what you do to prepare and b) what you actually do in the classroom.
2. The kind of paper or assignment the exercise is meant to accompany (argument, description, compare and contrast, research, close reading, etc.).
3. What your exercise or assignment specifically teaches students. (Does it help students create thesis statements, paraphrase passages, rebut arguments, close read, develop digital expertise, etc.?)
4. A time frame for the exercise. (Does it usually take 15 minutes or two days?)
5. Any special requirements, such as a computer classroom, reference materials, an overhead projector, the Internet, and so on.
6. The titles of any texts used in the exercise.
7. Challenges instructors might encounter with this assignment.

Send your article as an email attachment to assignshare@gmail.com. Include in the body of the email your name, affiliation, and a short bio. In addition, include a brief summary, in two or three sentences, of your assignment’s nature and goal.

Deadline for submissions: January 2, 2012.

This blog is edited by Jane Van Slembrouck and Elizabeth Cornell, teaching associates and dissertation candidates in American literature at Fordham University in New York. Our blog is still under construction. We'll announce when it's available.

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