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Flynn, Nicole – CEA Forum, 2018
This essay describes an adaptable, multimodal assignment in which students create a comic in lieu of a traditional essay or exam. I outline the theoretical and practical value of this assignment and provide a detailed description of its implementation in two different literature courses: an introduction to the major course and a course on…
Descriptors: Cartoons, Assignments, Literature, Cultural Pluralism
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Rushford-Spence, Shawna – CEA Forum, 2018
This paper reviews the debate over the use of trigger warnings when teaching sensitive material and discusses the importance of teaching difficult texts in light of troubling subject matter. The argument is that trigger warnings may provide students with the opportunity to manage their stress and anxiety when encountering material that may be…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Emotional Response, Student Reaction
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Leporati, Matthew – CEA Forum, 2018
William Blake's poetry seeks to inspire readers to participate in the construction of an intellectual community that he calls "Jerusalem." This process remains ever incomplete and is, in a sense, incompletable, for the work of producing such a community involves "continually building & continually decaying"…
Descriptors: Poetry, Writing Instruction, College Faculty, Thinking Skills
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Jackson, Jeffrey E. – CEA Forum, 2018
This essay discusses the author's use of Charles Dickens's "Sketches by Boz" (1836-39) in an undergraduate Victorian literature and film class as a further way of expanding the possibilities for teaching film with literature. The article begins with a general discussion of Dickens's overall value to author Jeffrey Jackson's idea of the…
Descriptors: Literature, English Instruction, Teaching Methods, Films
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Newcomb, Matthew; Leshowitz, Allison – CEA Forum, 2017
We take a look at work on writing processes by examining design processes. Design processes offer a greater emphasis on empathy with users, feedback and critique during idea generation, and varied uses of materials. After considering work already done on design and composition, we explore a variety of design processes and develop our own…
Descriptors: Writing Processes, Design, Empathy, Feedback (Response)
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Barnard, Ian; Osborn, Jan – CEA Forum, 2017
This article raises questions and concerns regarding students from the sciences working with faculty in the humanities in interdisciplinary settings. It explores the experience of two English professors facing the privileging of "facts" and a science-based understanding of the world in their own classrooms. It poses both questions and…
Descriptors: Epistemology, English Teachers, College English, English Instruction
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Borchert, Jessica Jorgenson – CEA Forum, 2017
This article focuses on contemporary research on first-generation college students bringing to light pedagogical interventions that can be used in the classroom to help engage and retain these students. The pedagogical interventions focus on reflective and personal writing in the classroom, creating safe spaces, and opening up opportunities for…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Teaching Methods, Academic Persistence, Learner Engagement
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Donnelly, Colleen E. – CEA Forum, 2017
Students often find it difficult to understand literature of another era and a world that differs from their own. From interacting with illuminated manuscript pages to conducting a mock trial, this article discusses ways in which visual and active learning techniques can be used to engage students in medieval literature and culture.
Descriptors: Medieval Literature, Visual Aids, Active Learning, Learning Strategies
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McGraw, Ken – CEA Forum, 2017
As a professor of eighteenth-century British Literature I am often tasked (like my colleagues in other areas) with constructing a period based syllabus that "represents" this portion of literary history. Every semester, without fail, I am befuddled by the word "represents." How, exactly, do I want to "represent" the…
Descriptors: Eighteenth Century Literature, Teaching Methods, English Literature, Educational Practices
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Lu, Shaofei – CEA Forum, 2017
In a world that is fraught with a troubling political climate, Lu believes it is especially important that teachers provide guidance to students not only for their academic endeavors but also for their understanding of the complexities in language and the social implications of language varieties. With such belief in mind, she asks: How can…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Second Language Instruction, English Language Learners, Foreign Students
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Cools, Janice – CEA Forum, 2017
Why are students silent in class? "Silence" refers to those who do not participate verbally in discussions or ask questions, those who attend classes and by the end of semester leave without having said a word. Janice Cools has always wanted to understand the culture of silent students in her writing classrooms but had never directly…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Student Participation, Writing Instruction, Honors Curriculum
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Fike, Matthew – CEA Forum, 2017
In this article, the author discusses binary oppositions and the imperative of achieving a middle way with his sophomore "Critical Reading, Thinking, Writing" students in connection with chapters 3 and 5--"Entering Into the Serpent" and "How to Tame a Wild Tongue"--in Gloria Anzaldúa's "Borderlands/La Frontera:…
Descriptors: Authors, Teaching Methods, Critical Reading, Critical Thinking
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Kang, Hee-Seung – CEA Forum, 2017
In this article, Kang discusses how she scaffolded a comic book project in a university L2 writing class and argued for its pedagogical value in teaching multimodal argument and fostering critical thinking skills. Although this project was assigned in a specific university L2 writing class, it can be adapted to other types of writing courses and…
Descriptors: Cartoons, Second Language Instruction, College Students, Writing Instruction
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Assad, Mary K. – CEA Forum, 2017
In this article, the author discusses a graphic narrative or comic book writing assignment in greater detail to demonstrate the pedagogical benefits of teaching comics in the writing classroom. She argues that by assigning students a comic book project, writing instructors can promote competence in academic discourse by helping students learn and…
Descriptors: Cartoons, Picture Books, Assignments, College Students
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Howard, Shannon – CEA Forum, 2017
Beginning in 1984 as an annual conference event, Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED)--a nonprofit organization based on forging new connections among technology, entertainment, and design--started as an invitation-only affair and then grew to have an online presence in the 2000s. At that time TED.com launched an audio and video podcast…
Descriptors: Video Technology, College English, Rhetoric, College Faculty
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