Announcing the 7th Annual Knights Write Showcase!

From Scott Launier— Our 7th annual Knights Write Showcase, celebrating the best and most interesting writing that comes out of first-year composition, will be held February 1.  The showcase will again allow students to participate in both panel and poster presentations to share their work, culminating in the awarding of the John C. Hitt Prize,…

News from the University Writing Center: Online Tutoring at the UWC

From Mary Tripp—   As students continue to enroll in online and mediated classes—and they do, according to the 2015 Survey of Online Learning conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group—it makes sense, as writing tutors, to reach them where they live. Literally. In addition to face-to-face consultations, the University Writing Center (UWC) offers synchronous online…

What’s In A Hashtag: A Look Into the 2016 Writing and Rhetoric Symposium

  From Danielle Ridenour, Department of Writing and Rhetoric Student Ambassador— Have you ever thought about the power of the hashtag and digital activism? #BlackLivesMatter and #HeForShe are seemingly simple phrases that have profound meaning as well as the ability to create digital movements and influence change. People are able to effortlessly spread a message and…

Thoughts on the 2016 Knights Write Showcase

From Marcy Galbreath —   The 2016 Knights Write Showcase brought together students, faculty, parents, and administrators to view, listen, and celebrate the stellar work created in UCF’s first-year writing classes. We enjoyed a great turnout, and were treated to presentations from 24 poster presenters and eight new and three returning panelists. The accomplishments of…

Reflection, or a Note on Grammar, Peer Review, and WAW

From Sarah Horning— In experience, I am a neophyte to the world of teaching composition, but in spirit I am a composition battleax, Bedford handbook and red pens firmly in hand. By summer’s end, my lessons were planned with all of the ad rem material, plus “just in time” mini-lessons on grammar sprinkled throughout the…

Extensive and Reflexive: Writing to Learn and Communicate

From Dan Martin — When I teach students the difference between extensive and reflexive thinking and writing, my objective is to demonstrate that we think and write better from a reflexive mindset, so we need to learn how to move extensive information into reflexive knowledge. We discuss different methods for achieving this objective, but it’s…

Thinking Globally, Teaching Locally

From Nikolas Gardiakos — I recently had the pleasure of teaching a section of ENC1101 to a group of international students through the Global UCF program and I was reminded of the transformative nature of the Composition I course. Of course, there are students that go through a transformation in their writing every semester, but…