Thursday, August 20, 2015

ENG 101 - Fall 2015 - Composition as Critical Inquiry

ENG 101 - Fall 2015

One of the most difficult challenges facing student writers today is the need to reconcile the literate skills learned through social media with the formal demands of academic genres such as essays and term papers. Often, neither the social nor academic genres prove very helpful in occupational settings - you can't learn resume writing from the five-paragraph essay any more than you can learn it from Facebook. This becomes still more complicated as you factor in the variety of disciplines represented in English 101 - I frequently teach students in business, nursing, the humanities, and other majors, and each academic field has it's own demands for "good" writing.

Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" and Copyright

Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" provided a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights movement, and the message of his speech continues to resonate with the longstanding issues of race and racism in America.  As a text, the speech and its video footage offer an important example of how CHAT applies to writing in the real world.  However, another issue is the copyrighted nature of the speech, which can limit it's Distribution while also reflecting the economic Ecology of the Civil Rights Movement.

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