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The Weekly Blast: February 18, 2011

PRESIDENTS’ DAY HOLIDAY
Just a reminder that the University will be closed on Monday, February 21, 2011 for the President’s Day Holiday. Due to the holiday, Tuesday, February 22 will be Monday’s schedule. As a result, the Practicums will be meeting on Tuesday, 2/22 at 4:00pm.

EXERCISE OF THE WEEK
This week we have two great exercises! To see the full details for both of these exercises go to: http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/teaching/database/_resourcecontents.html

Utilizing the director’s commentary option on a DVD, “Reflecting Through Film” by Aaron Frigard enables students to see the conscious decisions any artist makes in creating a “text” and apply this to the texts they are writing and reading.

“Using Online Research Tools to Contextualize Interacting with Texts Readings” by Anne Bello enables students to understand the essays they read from Other Words through the rhetorical triangle.

IT’S A PROCESS TEACHING BLOG
How can you get a quiet class talking? See what Jono has to say about “Free Chat” on the Resource Center’s teaching blog at: http://blogs.umass.edu/ (If you cannot access the blog, please let Peggy know (pmwoods@acad.umass.edu)

SPECIAL PROJECT MONEY
Thinking of bringing a guest speaker to your class? Thinking of doing a special publication? Thinking of doing a project that may enhance your students’ writing experience? Funds of up to $200 per class are available through our Special Project Funds. For more information about how to apply for Special Project Money see:
http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/teaching/special%20projects.html or contact Peggy (pmwoods@acad.umass.edu).
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LOOKING FOR A GUEST SPEAKER FOR YOUR CLASS
We'd like to encourage you to consider hosting a panel of speakers from the Stonewall Center Speakers Bureau at one of your classes this semester. The Speakers Bureau is a valuable resource to the UMASS campus and surrounding communities. As you know, LGBTQ people are often invisible, and our invisibility allows myths, stereotypes, misinformation, fear, and intolerance to flourish. This leads to harassment, discrimination, and oppression against us. We speak because we believe that homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia are products of ignorance. By letting students get to know us, we hope to dispel some of the myths, stereotypes, and misinformation present in society about LGBTQ people. We are committed to breaking the silence by talking with people about our lives. In addition, we hope that a panel discussion will help your students apply the content delivered in your course to the real world.

We hope we get the opportunity to engage your class again in the months to
come.

 
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