The Artistry of Composing

The knowledge required to paint is to know how to put paint onto a brush and apply it to a canvas. The knowledge needed for a literate individual to compose is to put a pen to a piece of paper, or a set of hands to a keyboard. However, it is the creativity and uniqueness … Continue reading The Artistry of Composing


“Naming What We Know”

Linda Adler-Kassner and Elizabeth Wardle’s Naming What We Know establishes and contextualizes Writing Studies to establish what, in a sense, we may view as the building blocks of the discipline. Throughout my reading, I came across multiple threshold concepts that resonated with me in both a personal level regarding my own experience and growth as … Continue reading “Naming What We Know”

Robert Scholes devotes an entire book-length study on the importance of literary theory in the classroom. He argues that, when it comes to understanding and using theory, “It is the great aim or end of liberal education and therefore not something we can assume to be already developed in students just beginning their college education. … Continue reading

Why Theory should be a part of Undergraduate Study

From Teaching & Learning English Literature, Ellie Chambers and Marshall Gregory discuss the topic of teaching theory in literature courses. The question of debate in regards to theory is not whether or not it should be taught in the classroom, but rather, “how much/what” theory to teach, as well as “when, and how, should it … Continue reading Why Theory should be a part of Undergraduate Study

Another Approach to “Sound as dumb as you are”

In The Literature Workshop, Sheridan Blau offers his own insight to problems within the literature classroom as well as personal experiences with certain assignments. Chapters seven and eight cover Sheridan’s disapproval of academic language that is not genuine to the student’s typical diction in an everyday setting, as well as his approval of the first person in a … Continue reading Another Approach to “Sound as dumb as you are”