English Composition

Getting Students to Love the Revision Process

Guest Contributor: Jenny Billings Beaver, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (Concord, North Carolina). Oh no, they didn’t often comes to mind when a rough draft comes through as ‘final draft’. I cannot tell you often I would stress ‘process’ when teaching composition. I used to post notes, send reminders, lecture, assign readings…everything I knew to do to make sure students understood that the rough draft is and should not be the final draft. How did students expect their first and only draft to be their best work? I have always wanted my students to look forward to the revision Read More…


Maximizing Learning in a Mini-Mester

Guest Contributor: Audrey A. Wick, Blinn College (Texas). Like many institutions, mine has followed the trend of offering accelerated courses. The idea is simple: help students focus on a singular class by offering it in a shortened (two-to-four week) format. Their engagement can be maximized through exclusive attention on the subject matter, and motivated students can thereby succeed. The instructional challenge, however, with this type of course in the online environment is the frontloading. The class has to be mapped-out clearly so that time is capitalized and expectations are evident.  Every day is precious, and because there are Read More…


Creating Real Writers: MindTap Fall Webinar Series

Do you want to create your Composition course using familiar tools – like YouTube, Google Docs, and Evernote – woven into vetted instructional content? Are you looking to engage your students with multimodal assignments that move composition off the page and into the real world? Do you want to track more than just the grade with a progress app that shows student engagement and time in course? MindTap for Composition creates real writers using everyday tools, and helps you teach your course, for your students. Join us for a three-part webinar series led by instructors currently using MindTap Read More…


2014 TeamUP English Composition Conference: Join Us!

TeamUP, a part of Cengage Learning, invites you to the 2014 TeamUP English Composition Conference, designed for educators who embrace today’s exciting array of venues for writing. At “Extra! Extra! Write/Blog/Tweet all about it!,” the conversation will focus on ways to elevate thinking and writing through multiple formats. Join your colleagues to discuss strategies for engaging students through redesigned courses, easy-to-use technology, and relevant assignments. Dynamic sessions will offer you the opportunity to learn about your colleagues’ classroom experiences and to explore their approaches. You’ll even have some time to write, blog, and tweet!

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Set the Stage for Learning in Your Classroom

At the start of your course, students will be curious (or perhaps anxious) about what will happen in the class. As you paint the picture of your course’s structure, requirements, and assignments, you’ll also want to ensure that they can see that your class is an engaging and supportive place for learning. If you’d like to help your students become comfortable with you and their fellow students, you may appreciate the suggestions offered in today’s video, which features Dr. Robert Yagelski, author of Cengage Learning’s Writing: Ten Core Concepts and other texts. Here, Dr. Yagelski shares his thoughts on setting expectations and the right tone Read More…


Collaborative Learning in the Writing Classroom

When students collaborate, they have the chance to learn from one another, grow from hearing each others’ perspectives, and dive into deeper learning. For these reasons (and more), collaborative learning practices have beneficial applications in the writing classroom. Through collaborative learning activities, students can receive feedback on their papers and hone their ability to give valuable feedback. And, in the long run, they can also develop the ability to reflect upon, evaluate, and improve their own writing. In today’s featured video, Dr. Robert Yagelski, author of Cengage Learning’s Writing: Ten Core Concepts and other texts, describes what collaborative learning means to him. You’ll also hear Read More…


Critical Thinking and Writing Assignments

As an educator, you know that the ability to thoroughly evaluate information and its sources plays a vital role in students’ development as independent, critical thinkers. Through your lectures and your assignments, you challenge students to think deeply about the information they encounter on a daily basis. You also want them to learn how to evaluate the arguments presented in what they’re reading and writing, and you want them to be able to back up their own claims with evidence that supports the points that they wish to communicate to others. If you are seeking additional ways to build critical-thinking Read More…


InSite™ Leads to Improved Writing Skills

InSite is an online writing instruction application dedicated to improving students’ writing skills and is used to support writing instruction and practice. The development of effective writing skills is widely recognized as one of the most important college outcomes, and it is widely believed that using digital learning tools to support post-secondary instruction improves student engagement and ultimately increases student learning. This study examined the effectiveness of a Cengage Learning post-secondary digital instructional tool, InSite for Composition, an online learning solution dedicated to improving students’ written communication skills.  Read More…


Creating Effective Writing Assignments

As an instructor, you make great efforts to help your students succeed in your class. You want them to stay engaged in class discussions, gain a thorough understanding of the concepts you’re covering, and ultimately perform well on your assignments. But as important as it is to offer students clear guidance and direction as they work on your assignments, you can actually begin to set students up for success as you create the assignment. In today’s featured video, Dr. Robert Yagelski, author of Cengage Learning’s new Writing: Ten Core Concepts and other texts, shares his approach to creating writing assignments. Read More…


Enhanced InSite offers 24/7 Writing Assistance for Instructor Melissa Fries’s English Composition Students

Students entering your English Composition course may feel some anxiety about their writing skills and their ability to succeed in your class. As an instructor, you want to build their confidence in any way you can—so you may be seeking an online learning solution can that can help your students gain the knowledge, skills, and experience they need in order to overcome their fears. Discover how Melissa Fries of Merced College and Modesto Junior College (California) uses the exercises, tutorials, writing modules, podcasts, and other interactive features within Enhanced InSite to provide her students with the tools they need to practice and refine their understanding of concepts and skills—and therefore become more self-assured writers. Read More…