Index By Date

Posts from 2019


24th– Guest Post: Ben Murphy, “Challenging Stale Writing Pedagogy and Treating Writing as Discovery: An Interview with John Warner


27th- Clay Zuba, “Teaching the Crucible in the Post-Truth Era

24th- Greg Specter, “Helpful Advice for Starting Out on The Twitter Dot Com

13th- Guest Post: Aaron Colton, “Strategies for Teaching Blocked Writers

6th– Shelli Homer, “Experiencing New Texts for the First Time Alongside Our Students


29th- Catherine Hostetter, “

22nd- Caitlin Kelly, “

15th- Guest Post: Alex Bernstein, “

8th– Clay Zuba, “

1st– Elaina Frulla, “


26th Randi Tanglen, “

18th– Corinna Cook, “

11th– Guest Post: Katie Fitzpatrick, “

7th– Caitlin Kelly, “

4th– Catherine Hostetter, “


12th– Feature from University of Venus blog, “

12th– Greg Specter, “

4th– Shelli Homer, “


29th– Randi Tanglen, “

29th– Brianne Jaquette, “Where do you get stuck?: Process-oriented planning and organizing for teaching

22nd– Guest Post: Leah Milne, “

Posts from 2018


17th- Brianne Jaquette, “Creative Writing Pedagogy in Literature Courses: A SSAWW Roundtable

10th- Melissa Range, “Becoming an Archival Expert

3rd- Catherine Hostetter, “Gritty in the Composition Classroom


27th- Randi Tanglen, “What Worked, What Didn’t: Course Reflection for the End of the Semester

19th- Guest Post: Matthew Teutsch “The Master Race? Xenophobia and Racism in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

12th- Meagan Ciesla, “

11th- Caitlin Kelly, “


29th- Greg Specter, “

29th- Clay Zuba, “

22nd- Guest Post: Adam Golub, “

15th- Elaina Frulla, “

10th- Randy Tanglen, “

3rd- Caitlin Kelly, “


24th- Catherine Hostetter, “

17th- Randy Tanglen, “

4th- Greg Specter, “


27th- Guest Post: Jacinta Yanders, “

20th- Brianne Jaquette, “

13th- Guest Post: Matthew Luter, “


23rd- Greg Specter, “

11th- Guest Post: Thomas Hallock, “


25th- Caitlin Kelly, “

4th- Randi Tanglen, “


21st- Guest Post: Clay Zuba, “

14th- Guest Post: Jessica Thelen, “

7th- Meagan Ciesla, “


30th- Shelli Homer, “

25th- Guest Post: Theresa Dietrich, “

23rd- Guest Post: Theresa Dietrich, “

16th– Catherine Hostetter, “Pairing Walt Whitman’s ‘I Hear America Singing’ with Richard Blanco’s ‘One Today’

9th– Corinna Cook, “Teaching José Orduña: Ekphrasis and the North American Essay

3rd– Greg Specter, “It’s Mailer Time: Switching Gears in Course Planning


26th– Brianne Jaquette, “Fulbright Workshop: Black Lives Matter, Part Two

19th– Randi Tanglen, “The World’s Eye and the World’s Heart: How to be a Public Intellectual

12th– Caitlin Kelly, “Rethinking the Revolution: Course (re)Design for Fall 2018

5th– Shelli Homer, “To Read or Not To Read: Teaching Students How and Why to Read Through the Boredom


26th– Elaina Frulla, “Takin’ Care of Business: Exploring the Early American Book Trade

19th– Randi Tanglen, “

12th– Corinna Cook, “

7th– Greg Specter, “

5th– Catherine Hostetter, “


29th– Brianne Jaquette, “Fulbright Workshop: Black Lives Matter, Part One

22nd– Guest Post: Darcy Mullen, “‘The Times They Are A Changin’: Teaching Bob Dylan, the Nobel Laureate Winner

16th– Guest Post: Marlowe Daly-Galeano, “Bringing Moby-Dick to the People: A Reading Marathon as a Class Community Engagement Project

Posts from 2017


19th– Shelli Homer, “Pedagogy Under Fire; Or, When Community Members Want A Say Over Your Classroom

11th– Corinna Cook, “The Retrospective Essay

4th– PALS, “PALS Roundtable: Writing Better Teaching Philosophies


27th– Guest Post: Katie Fitzpatrick, “Teaching Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America after Charlottesville

20th– Caitlin Kelly, “

13th– Catherine Hostetter, “

6th– Randi Tanglen, “


30th– Elaina Frulla, “Frankenstudents: Experimenting with Horror Narratives

23rd– Meagan Ciesla, “Teaching Historical Context with E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime

16th– Brianne Jaquette, “Fulbright Workshop: Fake News

9th– Catherine Hostetter, “Introducing Poetry to Students by Pairing Kerry Hasler-Brooks’ “Read, Reread, Close Read” with Aracelis Girmay

3rd– Caitlin Kelly, “Review: Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution


25th– Melissa Range, “Teaching Jane Johnston Schoolcraft

21st– Randi Tanglen, “Teaching Women and Transcendentalism

18th– Corinna Cook, “Human, Animal, HUMANIMAL… and making lit crit count

11th– Meagan Ciesla, “Teaching Annotation

6th– Shelli Homer, “Teaching Film and Film Adaptations in Literature Courses


28th– Greg Specter, “What the Founders Read: Solutions for a Problematic Course

21st– Randi Tanglen, “Pedagogical Lessons from the Transcendentalists: 2017 NEH Summer Institute in Concord

14th– Brianne Jaquette, “Welcome to Norway: The Beginnings of a Fulbrite Year

7th– Guest Post: Cheylon Woods, “Treasures from the Archives


3rd– Guest Post: Christina Stubbs, “From an English Major: Reflections on Two Undergrad Classroom Experiences


19th– Guest Post: Jacinta Yanders, “What’s in a Composition?

12th– Guest Post: Randi Tanglen, “Student-Centered, Collaborative Learning and “Literature Circles” in the American Literature Classroom

7th– Guest Post: Phil Smith, “Teaching Disney, Part Two: Race and Ethnicity, and Economics

5th– Guest Post: Phil Smith, “Teaching Disney, Part One: Hypertextuality, The Formula, and Gender


29th– Melissa Range, “Using Multimedia in Teaching Contemporary Black Women Poets

22nd– Elaina Frulla, “Campus Birds: Making American Renaissance Poetry Accessible through Birdwatching

17th– Brianne Jaquette, “‘Way Harsh, Tai’: Writing Advice for the Personal Statement

15th– Guest Post: Megan Peiser, “Digital Literacy and Women in Knowledge-Building Systems: #MOWomenOnWikipedia

12th– Greg Specter, “Teaching Hamilton: A Wrap Up

11th– Guest Post: Caitlin Kelly, “Teaching Revision through Hamilton: An American Musical

10th– Guest Post: Sunny Stalter-Pace, “Teaching Hamilton: An American Musical as Contemporary American Drama

9th– Guest Post: Laura Miller, “Early American Library History and Digital Humanities Using Hamilton

1st– Shelli Homer, “Reflecting on, Reframing, and Revising Approaches to Texts: Teaching M. NourbeSe Philip’s Zong!, Again


24th– Guest Post: Tiffany Austin, “Irreverently Teaching Junot Diaz’s This Is How You Lose Her

17th– Guest Post: Randi Tanglen, “Misattribution and Repurposing the Captivity Trope: Teaching Louise Erdrich and Sherman Alexie with Mary Rowlandson’s The Sovereignty and Goodness of God

10th– Corinna Cook, “An Essay Asks a Question and Tries to Answer it: Introducing American Lit Students to Contemporary Forms of Creative Nonfiction

3rd– Catherine Hostetter, “Podcasts and Pedagogy


27th– Brianne Jaquette, “Waiting for Godot and “Waiting for Godot in Sarajevo”: Genre Pairings

20th– Elaina Frulla, “History’s Inconsistent Characters

13th– Guest Post: Darcy Mullen, “The Burst of The ITT Tech Bubble and Pedagogical Support

6th– Catherine Hostetter, “Pairing “The Lottery” with The Hunger Games to Teach Critical Thinking Skills


27th– Greg Specter, “Close Looking: Art in the Classroom

20th– Melissa Range, “Pairing Mother Courage and Her Children and The Body of an American

13th– Corinna Cook, “Bookending the Survey Course with Native American Literature-Part Two: Contemporary Texts and Authors

6th– Brianne Jaquette, “Hedda Gabler & Artist Figures


30th– Guest Post: Carli Sinclair, “Teaching Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale

23rd– Shelli Homer, “Challenges and Rewards of Guest Lectures: Teaching Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye for One Class Period

9th– Guest Post: Larry S. Su, “Reflections on Teaching Style in Short Stories

Posts from 2016


23rd– Brianne Jaquette, “Teaching Junot Diaz’s Drown through the Lens of Critical Patriotism

21st– Brianne Jaquette, “Being an “American Original”: Frameworks for Teaching Texts by Junot Diaz

19th– Shelli Homer, “Literature is Political: Teaching Charles Chesnutt’s The Marrow of Tradition, Critical Patriotism, and Media Literacy

12th– Guest Post: Naomi Clark, “Teaching Resources for Talking about Race in a “Post-Truth” Era

5th- Melissa Range, “Pairing 19th c. and 21st c. African American writers; or, it seemed like a great idea at the time . . .


28th- Corinna Cook, “Bookending the Survey Course with Native American Literature – Part One: Oral Cultures

21st- Meagan Ciesla, “Banned Books: Teaching How Literary Reception Informs Interpretation

14th– Catherine Hostetter, “Composing First Impressions: Assigning a Writing Sample in Literature Courses

7th– Shelli Homer, “Teaching Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter in an Online Introduction to American Literature Course

2nd– Brianne Jaquette, “Teaching English Graduate Students to Write


31st– Elaina Frulla, “Spooky Story Season: Student Reactions to Stephen King’s Short Fiction

26th– PALS, “PALS Roundtable: Big Oops, Little Oops! Learning from Missteps when Teaching Literature

24th– Greg Spector, “How to Use Extra Time Productively: Pacing Multiple Sections of the Same Course

17th– Brianne Jaquette, “Sequencing Stories with Katherine Anne Porter and Sui Sin Far

10th– Guest Post: Kelli Hansen, “Collaborating with Your Special Collections Librarian

3rd– Melissa Range, “Using Digital Archives to Teach Nineteenth-Century African American Writers


26th– Elaina Frulla, “That Awkward Feeling I Get When Discussing Necrophilia with My Students: My Experience Teaching McCarthy’s Child of God

21st– Brianne Jaquette, “San Francisco & Sui Sin Far’s Mrs. Spring Fragrance, Part Two: Asian Art Museum

19th– Catherine Hostetter, “Strategies for Supporting Student Writers, From a Supplemental Instructor

14th– Brianne Jaquette, “San Francisco & Sui Sin Far’s Mrs. Spring Fragrance, Part One: Chinatown

 12th– Greg Spector, “Anthology Spotlight: The Citizen Poets of Boston: A Collection of Forgotten Poems, 1789-1820

5th– Meagan Ciesla, “Teaching the Long Short Story: Alice Munro’s “Vandals” in the Literature Classroom


30th– Shelli Homer, “Physical, Mental, and Emotional Taxation in the Classroom

22nd– Corinna Cook, “Signature Stories

15th– Guest Post: Daniel Schweitzer, “Teaching Edgar Allan Poe’s Poetry and Writing Philosophy through Imitation and Response

8th– Brianne Jaquette, “Syllabus & Lesson Planning: Back to Basics When Teaching New Texts


18th– Guest Post: Matthew Teutsch, “‘I think Aladdin looked kinda white’: Teaching Cultural Projection in the Classroom

12th– Shelli Homer, “Teaching the Works of Ernest Gaines, an NEH Summer Institute Reflection


31st– Guest Post: Christine Kozikowski, “Same Class, Different Day?: Teaching Similar Content at Different Course Levels

23rd– Shelli Homer, “Toe to Toe: Teaching Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass versus Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave

18th– Guest Post: Christina Katopodis, “Addressing Despair in the Classroom: An Ecocritical Approach to Non-Canonical American Writers

16th– Guest Post: Christina Katopodis, “Student-Driven Pedagogy in the Early American Survey Course

9th– Greg Specter, “Bad Pedagogy

2nd– Guest Post: Mariko Turk, “Using the Ladies’ Home Journal to Teach Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar


25th– Meagan Ciesla, “Teaching In Cold Blood

18th– Guest Post: Elaina Frulla, “Walking through Richard Brautigan’s Antique Shop: Brautigan’s Relevance in the Contemporary College Classroom

13th– Greg Specter, “Teaching Thomas Jefferson & Phillis Wheatley

11th– Brianne Jaquette, “Pedagogy and the Weird with Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Louise Erdrich, and Flannery O’Connor

6th– Greg Specter, “Teaching Hamilton, the Musical

4th– Guest Post: Catherine Hostetter,”Considering the Rhetorical Situation: Teaching Literature and Composition at a Community College


28th– Melissa Range, “Creative Writing in the Literature Classroom

21st– Guest Post: James Van Wyck, “When the Author Isn’t Dead: Teaching the Work of Living Poets, An Interview with Poet/Scholar Jordan Windholz

14th– Guest Post: Rachel Hanson, “Unpacking the Personal Essay: Teaching Structure and Avoiding Clichés in Creative Nonfiction Workshops

7th– Shelli Homer, “Group Papers to Balance the Teaching of Writing and Literature: Featuring Philip Freneau’s ‘Occasioned by General Washington’s Arrival in Philadelphia, On His Way to His Residence in Virginia’


29th– Guest Post: Tawnya Ravy, “The #DHattheCC Project: Digital Humanities Needs Community Colleges

22nd– Brianne Jaquette, “The Glass Menagerie and Fences: Artist Figures and Unfulfilled Dreams

15th– Greg Specter, “Anthology Spotlight: Dawnland Voices

8th– Shelli Homer, “Teaching Phillis Wheatley through Anne Bradstreet

1st– Meagan Ciesla, “Reaction Charts: The Best Thing to Happen to 100-level Literature Classrooms Since Books


27th– Guest Post: Shelia Liming, “Loving the Alien: or, Making Theory Useful to the Undergraduate American Literature Classroom, Part Two

25th– Guest Post: Shelia Liming, “Loving the Alien: or, Making Theory Useful to the Undergraduate American Literature Classroom, Part One

18th– Melissa Range, “Teaching a collection of poems featuring Natasha Trethewey’s Native Guard as a test case, Part 3

11th– Brianne Jaquette, “MLA 2016 Pedagogy-‘Teaching the Archive’ & ‘Digital Scholarship in Action: Pedagogy’

Post from 2015


14th– Guest Post: Caitlin Kelly, “Teaching Transatlantic Influence

11th– PALS’ Editors, “Pedagogy Possibilities: In the Heart of the Sea, Moby-Dick, and the American Literature Classroom


30th– Brianne Jaquette, “Classroom Slumps and Pedagogy Fun

17th– Greg Specter, “A Case for Teaching the Penguin Phillis Wheatley

16th– Melissa Range, “Teaching a Collection of Poems Using Natasha Trethewey’s Native Guard as a Test Case, Part 2

9th– Meagan Ciesla, “Thoreau, meet Kaczynski


26th– Greg Specter, “Talking with Librarians

19th– Bethany Petrik, “A Brief Case for Audio in the Classroom

12th– Brianne Jaquette, “‘The Yellow-Wallpaper,’ Close Reading, and the Introductory Literature Classroom

5th– Shelli Homer, “Toe to Toe: Funny in Farsi versus Lipstick Jihad


27th– Melissa Range, “Teaching a Collection of Poems Using Natasha Trethewey’s Native Guard as a Test Case, Part 1

20th– Meagan Ciesla, “Teaching Nella Larsen’s Passing

13th– Michael Petrik, “Introducing Ecocriticism Quickly

6th– Greg Specter, “Classroom Collaborations with Librarians


30th– Bethany Petrik, “Teaching Old World Vs. New World in Willa Cather’s O Pioneers!

23rd– Shelli Homer, “Teaching Storytelling and Personal Narrative in Gayl Jones’s Corregidora

16th– Brianne Jaquette, “Translating Composition Writing Activities into the Literature Classroom

9th– PALS’ Editors, “The Means and Ends in Creating PALS