Christine Lynn Alfano

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From the Bridge: The Clockwork Cities of Summer PWR

It’s finally summer.  Spring quarter has officially wrapped up: grades filed, commenting done, commencement concluded, and students off to their various national and international destinations (and internships).  With any luck, many of you have shut down your Zoom, without any real sense of when you’ll open it again.  That, in itself, is the sign of summer starting.

September Sessions Preview: 2021

Next week marks the kick-off of PWR September Sessions 2021, with meetings from 9AM-11:30AM and 1:00PM-3:30PM on Thursday, September 9, Friday, September 10, and Monday, September 13. We’re also holding a bonus optional “Welcome Back to Campus” day on Thursday, September 16. See the full schedule here.  

Activity Showcase: Icebreakers

With the first day of class approaching, there's one type of activity that many of us may be pondering: the ubiquitous icebreaker.  Although it can be designed in many different ways, the icebreaker serves an important function for any class or meeting, fostering and strengthening connections between individuals, often relying on a playful or exploratory framework to lay the groundwork for deeper or unexpected conversations. 

Places and Spaces Introductions

This discussion board post prompt invites students to use descriptive language and imagery to share something about their workspace with the class as a way of introducing themselves to their classmates and opening up conversations about their writing practice.

Activity title: Places and Space Introductions

Author: Christine Alfano (drawing on prompts by Meg Formato, Jenae Cohn, and others!)

Course: PWR 1 or PWR 2

Keep Calm and PWR On: Moving PWR Online

[Picture above: Participants in a March 19 PWR Zoom Conversation on Converting your Favorite Activity, left to right, top to bottom: Harriett Jernigan, Christine Alfano, Ruth Starkman, Shannon Hervey, Sarah Pittock, Arturo Heredia, Lisa Swan, Marvin Diogenes, Jenae Cohn, Shay Brawn, Sangeeta Mediratta, Norah Fahim. Shared with their permission]

"We Shall Overcome" Delivery Activity

Overview: In this light-hearted activity, students take turns delivering the same short passage using a different (exaggerated) mode of oral or embodied delivery.

Activity Title: "We Shall Overcome" Delivery Activity

Author: Christine Alfano (originally by Shay Brawn)

Course: PWR 2

Activity length and schedule: This activity takes at least 40 minutes to complete

Activity Goals:

The Speech-bite

Overview: This activity asks students to experiment with high style and deliberate use of rhetorical devices in crafting a short one minute "speech-bite" pitch about their project, which they record as an audio file.

Activity Title: The Speech-bite

Author: Christine Alfano

Course: PWR 2

Activity length and schedule: This activity is completed outside of class time and works well when students are developing their arguments for their research project.