H. Bernard Hall, in the new Research in the Teaching of English, says we no longer need to ask why to use hip-hop in English classes; we need more models for how to use it well.
In the November College English, Stephanie West-Puckett argues for “digital badges” as a means of encouraging participation among teachers and students as they design writing assessment practices that work toward social justice.
In the June issue of College Composition and Communication, Stuart Blythe and Laura Gonzales use screencast videos to track what students actually do as they compose a researched argument for an interdisciplinary biology class.
A detailed discussion of course design for an upper-level scientific writing class: Combs, D. Shane, Erin A. Frost, and Michelle F. Eble. “”Collaborative Course Design in Scientific Writing: Experimentation and Productive Failure.” Composition Studies 43.2 (2015): 132-49. Web. 11 Nov. 2015.
Writing in Teaching English in the Two-Year College, John Pruitt reports on a case study of eight heterosexual students who chose LGBT novels and met to discuss them without a teacher’s intervention. Recording the sessions, Pruitt discovered concerns about “authenticity”; he posits that the need to create authenticity in depicting a culture can encourage essentialized perceptions of that culture, despite the diversity of its members. He feels that insights into what students bring to literature before an instructor’s theoretical framing helps him better understand how to teach literature about difference.
Sweeney and McBride, both of the University of Nevada, Reno, suggest an assignment created by Carnegie Scholar Mariolina Salvatori, the “difficulty paper,” to understand how students understand the relationship between the reading and writing they are asked to do in college. They posit that the instruction they get in their process writing classrooms interferes with their ability to navigate complex reading tasks. See http://collegecompositionweekly.com/2015/07/06/sweeney-meghan-a-and-maureen-mcbride-difficulty-papers-as-insights-into-students-reading-practices-ccc-june-2015-posted-07062015/