By Alice Robertson, Barbara Smith

The essays during this booklet argue that the lively studying techniques that academics proficient in composition use for his or her literature classes might be exported to different disciplines to augment either instructor functionality and pupil studying. The e-book offers and explains examples of these thoughts and illustrates how they've been successfully utilized in different disciplines.

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Even better, students frequently have strong reactions to film—at least, far stronger than they might have about more literary texts and certainly all other written texts! Benefits of film viewing are great; student interest and involvement with the material is high, writing improves, ideas blossom, and the arguments that develop are strong and persuasive. Of course, this is not always the case, and students are not always the ones to blame when this fails to happen. Frequently films are not used well, such as when they are screened as a source of information about some theme or point of the class.

Annotated bibliographies, tentative outlines, introductory paragraphs, and argument statements were submitted and commented upon as the semester unfolded. Approximately six weeks before the paper was due, individual conferences were held to discuss progress and problems specific to the individual topics. • To provide students an opportunity to present their findings in oral as well as in written form. The final segment of each seminar was devoted to presentation of oral summaries of research projects.

I also submitted to the students for their comments drafts of one of my own articles scheduled for publication in a popular magazine with 35,000 subscribers. They were encouraged to comment freely. After they comprehended that they were truly expected to criticize their instructor’s own drafts as he did theirs, this particular exercise brought them great 10 Teaching in the 21st Century joy. The assignment served to drive home my message that any writer, at whatever stage of his or her career, can benefit from constructive criticism.

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