Higher Level Literature and Rhetoric

I design higher level rhetoric and English courses based on my personal research in more specific areas.   Here, I've included a syllabus I created for a class rooted in the "picaresque" tradition and mode of writing.  My class focusses on the underclass elements of witches, midwives and abortionists operating around the margins of texts from 16th century Spain to 1990s cult films.  


Coming Soon: 

Overcoming Writing Anxiety: A Six-week Workshop 

College Composition

            I believe in the radical possibility of writing classes as identity building, oppression conquering, self-making, world-changing spaces, and my main goal is to balance those ideas with the most efficient, practical, helpful tools I can provide students to move their own lives forward using, thinking about, and writing language.  


            My philosophy toward teaching college writing insists that I communicate to students that, as Vershawn Young writes, a "culture of standard language ideology exists," but also begin building bridges toward re-imagining that ideology.


           Combining close reading, the practice of writing, a series of creative attempts, peer-to-peer workshops, and a community-focused class-model, I hope to engage and challenge students while simultaneously providing a space where vulnerability is welcomed.  

Click below to see a three week unit plan, including a spotlight on one day's detailed lesson plan and a culminating writing assignment, that I have designed for a writing 121 course.  


In the future, I plan to further explore my research interests, evolve my teaching, administrative, and organizational skills, and develop a clear professional pathway by pursuing a PhD in Rhetoric, Composition and Writing.   
My goals are to combine community outreach and critical comprehension with underserved and neglected populations through practical literacy and writing education, as well as creative empowerment, oral history, and narrative development.  
In the future, I would like to teach composition and writing to incarcerated students seeking degrees, work with domestic violence organizations to establish wrting groups and classes for women experiencing and recovering from violence and abuse, help colleges develop community communication courses to teach consent, or work in a writing center at a college or community center.   

Portland State University 

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