Barclay’s Formula

This semester we have focused on the TRIAC model for paragraphs. This structure works well for dealing with one source within a particular topic area. However, as we move toward more complicated ideas, students often want or need to look at two sources within the context of one topic. Here’s a paragraph formula you can … [Read more…]

Researching on the Web

As we all know, the internet is full of both in-depth, accurate information as well as superficial or inaccurate information. Below is a brief guide to help you navigate which websites will offer quality information as you work on your Narrative for Change Proposal. Keep in mind that both scholarly and popular sources may be … [Read more…]

Quotes from Do the Math

As we explore the idea of “narrative for change,” we viewed’s movie, Do the Math. Bill McKibben not only shares pieces of his own story of activism, but tells the scientific, political and social “story” of climate change in our country today. He is doing exactly what Robert Krulwich urges the students at California … [Read more…]

A Person vs. A Diagnosis

As we’ve been exploring the question: Why does narrative matter to our society?, we’ve looked at how important narrative medicine can be for patients, doctors and our larger communities. Teagan does a great job exploring the reality of what it means to be simply looked at as a diagnosis, rather than an individual. In her … [Read more…]

Why does narrative matter?

Below you will find some answers to the question we’ve been exploring for the past few weeks: Why does narrative matter to our larger society? If you think of anything to add, feel free to add in a comment below. Telling a vulnerable story makes people feel like they have a purpose (helping others) Telling … [Read more…]

Searching for Thesis

As we explore our questions about literacy, you may find that you have come to some potential answers that make sense for you. But how do you write a thesis statement? The following exercise aims to help you take what you’ve discovered so far and narrow your ideas toward a thesis statement for Essay #1. … [Read more…]

Walk a Mile

The authors of Habits of the Creative Mind begin the chapter “On Imagining Others” with this proverb: “Before you judge someone, walk a mile in that person’s shoes” (87). As we continue to discuss narrative, we will discover that reading or hearing a story from someone can allow us to “walk” for a while in … [Read more…]

A Closer Look at Words

Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, the hosts of Radiolab, begin each episode with a simple question. The “Words” episode begins with: “What do words do for us? Are they necessary?” As we take the journey with Abumrad and Krulwich, we hear from scientists, scholars, practitioners, and people who have experienced life without words and language. … [Read more…]


Welcome to the second half of College Reading and Writing! It is my hope that we will ask lots of thoughtful questions, come up with lots of creative and thoughtful answers, push ourselves to think critically about our ideas and assumptions, and always, always treat each other with the utmost respect. We are all from … [Read more…]