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Accordion Prewrite

Overview: As a way of giving students practice in developing productive research questions along with enhancing their understanding of how research questions guide the initial research process, this activity directs students to craft a range of questions about their topic. The creative/improvisational element of the activity encourages students to craft questions across a spectrum ranging from extremely narrow to extremely board, with the aim of developing a sense of the kind of question appropriate for the RBA assignment.

Teaching DataViz: An Interview with Cassie Wright

The PWR Newsletter staff had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Cassie Wright about her new, very popular PWR 91 course, "Seeing is Believing," which she taught for the first time in winter quarter.
PWR NEWSLETTER: Tell us about your course and what conversations were most rewarding for students?

BBC Pidgin

Overview: Students (in small groups) pick any article from BBC Pidgin (a digital platform in English-based Pidgin for West and Central Africa) and translate it to be most appealing to their target audience. That can be whatever it means at that time in the quarter—e.g., a voice in the conversation (PWR 1) or oral delivery from written text (PWR 2).

Online Research Mixer

Overview of the activity: Instructors designed an online workshop (research mixer) between freshmen composition students at Stanford University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The session lasts for 60 minutes including the introduction, peer-reviewing, and closing remarks. During the session, students will get the opportunity to introduce their research projects and provide and receive feedback on their drafts. 

Activity title: Online Research Mixer.

Sentence Imitation with a Cultural Rhetorics Twist

Overview: This activity puts a cultural rhetorics twist on sentence imitation—the pedagogy that seeks to expand students’ stylistic awareness and ability by having them imitate a wide variety of sentence structures. Typically, instructors who use sentence imitation ask students to imitate sentences by famous authors throughout history.