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"All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know." - Ernest Hemingway
 
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This sequence of assignments asks students to select an article for rebuttal, to summarize it, to analyze it, and, finally, to rebut it. It helps them to practice the conventions of summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting, to use critical thinking
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Worksheet offers definition of simile and metaphor and fill-in-the-blank exercises to practice using original expressions rather than cliche. Also offers opportunity to create own metaphors and similes from scratch. Works as a good pre-writing
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This assignment is a good essay to use at the beginning of the semester as a sort of icebreaker. It challenges students to use concrete and sensory details to re-create for their readers a specific setting. The goal of the essay is to give a sense
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This download includes an assignment sheet for an Annotated Bibliography, which can be adapted to any subject, but which is intended primarily for English classes using MLA style. The download includes a sample annotation for a paper about F. Scott
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This outline can be used to give inexperienced writers a sound formula for composing a successful timed essay exam. It offers an organizational structure that goes beyond the typical "five-paragraph essay" structure to include analysis and
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This is an assignment sheet for a Definition essay which requires students to use criteria and rhetorical appeals to define, re-define, or explain an unfamiliar or controversial term or concept. It works best as an assignment of 1000-2000 words for
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This syllabus, designed for college upperclassemen and English majors, outlines a semester-long approach to teaching the British and American novel. Includes course policies and basic assignment details as well as a suggested reading list and
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Graduate level or upper-level English course: the scope of this seminar is necessarily limited to works that explore same-sex eros, explicitly or implicitly, and which were produced by American and British writers and artists in the first half of
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An in-class reflection and writing assignment that asks students to weigh the importance of good/happy memories against the necessity of unpleasant experiences. Asks for personal reflection (students can opt-out of turning in this portion) and then
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This is an example (approx. 500 words) of a summary of a scholarly (peer-reviewed) article. It summarizes an article about Lois Lowry's _The Giver_ but it could be used as an example for any students who are learning the templates and conventions
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Syllabus for a survey course covering the second half of the American Literature survey (approx. 1885-today). Word document can be tailored to fit your school's academic calendar. Contains course description and a selection of readings. Works
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Wetzel Educational Services (ESL) 2001-2003 Penn State English/Rhetoric (TA) 2003-2008 Hampden-Sydney College English/Rhetoric/Honors (2009-present)

MY TEACHING STYLE

Rhetoric/Composition courses that emphasize students' development of their own authentic voices, intensive peer- and instructor-review workshops, sentence-level editing, original metaphor in place of cliche, and writing for real audiences.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA English and German UNC-Chapel Hill 1999 MA English Penn State 2005 PhD Penn State 2010

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Author of Ernest Hemingway (Reaktion Books 2016) Editor of Teaching Hemingway and Gender (Kent State University Press 2016)

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