Conference Session Preview–Death to the Death Penalty Paper!

Curious about which session to attend this fall…here’s a teaser…

Laurel Smith, Bri Kerschner, and Maura Smyth, Century College

“No More Papers on the Death Penalty! Engage Your Students’ Creativity with the Change Your Neighborhood Argument Assignment”

One of the most dreaded assignments in freshman composition is the researched argument. Unsure how to develop interesting topics, students fall back on familiar subjects. Instructors resort to banning topics to avoid receiving the same unimaginative papers every semester. But what if writing a research paper were exciting? What if the assignment inspired students to seek creative topics and research strategies? The Change Your Neighborhood Argument Assignment takes a unique approach to the researched argument, empowering students to become agents of change.

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