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.
Overcoming Writing Anxiety: A Six-week Workshop
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.