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The essays during this ebook argue that the lively studying innovations that lecturers informed in composition use for his or her literature classes should be exported to different disciplines to augment either instructor functionality and pupil studying. The ebook presents and explains examples of these ideas and illustrates how they've been successfully utilized in different disciplines.

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Two books (including, modestly, my own America’s Obsession, along with A Brief History of American Sports by Elliott Gorn and Warren Goldstein) were assigned to provide a historical perspective, and one anthology was selected to present conflicting readings on six major contemporary issues. Students were expected to approach each reading assignment carefully and analytically. We spent considerable classroom time identifying an author’s point of view and probing the assumptions upon which an article or book was based.

I can now more fully appreciate the inherent validity of Writing Across the Curriculum. Just as top-notch athletes must practice their skills on a continuous basis, so, too, good writers must regularly hone their skills. In the college setting this entails requiring meaningful writing exercises at all levels, in all majors, in all courses. I believe the majority of students—especially the more serious—will respond positively to such requirements if they recognize their inherent value and relevance.

For both writers and instructors, then, the seminars offer—to employ a judicial metaphor—means, motive, and opportunity for writing and teaching. In that context, writers write, teachers teach, and both learn enormous amounts about this amorphous thing we call writing across the curriculum. NOTES 1 Paul Morris and Stephen Tchudi, The New Literacy (San Francisco: JosseyBass, 1996). CHILTON Teaching a film class, or incorporating a commercial film into a literature class—or any other text-based class—can be a wonderful experience for teacher and students.

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