Jennifer Johnson

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Coordinator's Corner: Pedagogical Possibilities - What We've Learned from Presenting in Digital Spaces

“Teachers of composition need to pay attention to, and come to value, the multiple ways in which students compose and communicate meaning, the exciting hybrid, multimodal texts they create- in both nondigital and digital environments - to meet their own needs in a changing world...We need to respect the rhetorical sovereignty of young people from different backgrounds, communities, colors, and cultures….”  (Selfe, 2009, p. 642) 


Two (mini) stories about your name

This ice-breaker activity offers students an opportunity to get to know each other by telling two (mini) stories about their names in two 1-minute presentations, each taking a different perspective. Students will practice presenting ideas to new audiences in a concise manner and develop rhetorical awareness as they embody different storytelling perspectives.

Activity title: Two (mini) stories about your name

Cultural Artifact Introduction

This activity combines an initial asynchronous step with a follow-up presentation activity in real-time during class. As a way of getting to know each other and building community, each student will contribute one “cultural artifact introduction slide” to a class slide deck 1-2 days before the first class. This activity offers an opportunity to share some event or object that connects to an aspect of students’ identities, histories, languages, and communities.

The Linguistic Experiment - How words do things

Overview: An ideal PWR1 or PWR2 segue activity into in-class revision work or a peer review session, this short and simple “linguistic experiment” offers students a window into the performative nature of language, or “How to do things with words” (Austin, 1955), compelling students to pay close attention to their stylistic choices at the sentence level and the subsequent effect of those choices on their audience.

Author: Jennifer Johnson

Activity Name: The Linguistic Experiment: How words do things