Tagged Writing Practice

Disability as Metaphor

By Jennifer Bartlett As a poet, I find myself particularly sensitive to words. This is bit ironic as I have always thought of myself as someone who is quite blunt. When my son was young, I taught him that the bad words were not the swear words you might expect, but words like “retard,” “lame,”…

Connecting the Written and Visual

by Jason DeHart As both a middle grades and college English instructor, I have found that using well-chosen visuals when introducing writing modes can create powerful, and even entertaining, opportunities for students to begin drafting. Images can be used in a variety of ways; for the purpose of this lesson plan, I will discuss guiding…

Completing the Character Puzzle with Vignettes

by Jennie Weng  Character analysis is an important skill for writers to learn. However, too often students label characters with one-dimensional terms (e.g., good, bad, funny, evil, protagonist, antagonist).  Well-crafted characters are a lot like real people; they are complex. If students can understand this integral component of character analysis, they will not only be…

This Period of Necessary Creative Plagiarism: A Roundtable on Plagiarism and Intertextuality

In September 2017, The Guardian published an article about poet Ira Lightman’s crusade—some call it a witch hunt—to identify and publicize plagiarism in poetry. As The Guardian profiled Lightman, the “poetry sleuth,” they also revealed his findings: poets Lightman has accused of plagiarism based on the patterns he uncovers. One of the accused, Sheree Mack,…

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