I finally completed my agenda for the CCCC Convention. The sessions I chose seem to be more practical than ideological, which was not an easy task, given that many of the 578 sessions have titles like, “A Land without A People: How Composition’s Naturalistic Metaphors Leave the Body Behind,” and, “Disarming the Privileging of ‘Standard’ English: Classroom Implementation of Writing Assignments That Fight Linguistic Dominance.” I almost signed up for that second one, since I agree with the premise, but I wasn’t sure how helpful it would really be in my classes.
Anyway, here’s what I’m going with, roughly grouped by theme:
- “Begged? Borrowed? Stolen? None of the Above? Plagiarism as Educational Opportunity”
- “Critical Thinking and Writing in the First-Year Composition Classroom”
- “Only Connect: Strategies for Engaging Reluctant, Under-prepared, and Inattentive Writers”
- “The Content of Writing Courses: Popular Culture Themes to Teach Argumentation”
- “Science and Writing”
- “Making Lives Behind Bars Visible: Literacy Programs and Activism”
- “Teaching in Prison: Pedagogy, Research and Literacies”
Digital and on line education
- “From Homework to Public Work: Locating Digital Communities in the Composition Classroom”
- “Reporting on Best Practices in Online Writing Instruction (OWI): Six-Year Research Results from the CCCC Committee for Best Practices in OWI”
Assessment and student success
- “Making the Grade: Exploring and Explaining ‘Failure’ in the Composition Classroom and Beyond”
And, finally, I helped myself to a fun dose of political rhetorical analysis:
- “Media Propaganda in Managed Democracy: Rhetoricians for Peace Special Event”
Here’s part of the description:
Contemporary propaganda is a function of the media culture in which we are enmeshed. When, as Jeffrey Scheuer argues, “democracy and journalistic excellence rise or fall together,” it becomes essential for our democracy that scholars, rhetoricians, teachers, and students continually scrutinize media for its propagandistic tendencies. This Special Event will further this aim in exposing and countering the oversimplification, distortion, exaggeration, and obfuscation of media propaganda.
Now we’re talkin’!