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Turning the research paper into a proposal with real-world impact

alejandroescamilla-bookAssistant Professor Bill Holbrook created a unique unit for his English 104 students that required students to design a professional, academic proposal for the next freshman common reader. Read on to learn more about the unit, its success, and how it inspired his English 104 students to become more voracious readers.

by Bill Holbrook

Theory and Practice

With Composition II classes, there is the trend to find more relevant, researched-based writing units while staying with the core needs of the university and the English department’s writing program. In two decades of creating assignments, within my self-designed teaching packets, I have searched for assignments that combine composition theory and practice with those instructional goals.

There is always the concern, when departing from units that have been successful, that new units will not measure up. Therefore, when I wanted to make a change in one of the four ENG 104 units, I sought the help of Brenda Habich, Bracken reference librarian, and Dr. Melinda Messineo, chair of the sociology department and head of the selection committee for the Ball State Freshmen Common Reader. The reader is given out during summer orientation so that incoming students can read the book and attend a September convocation with the author. Continue reading

Students from Near and Far

English professor Martha Payne photographed some of her writing program students this semester and shares some details about their presentations.


Hollin Bolden, Zach Wojdyla, Ty Rosberg, and Katrina Foree  presented on Social Class in Victorian England and had brought food to represent what members of those classes might have eaten: scones and grape juice for the rich; bread and water for the poor. Continue reading