"Making connections between a reading and their [student's] own life as well as the connections between readings keeps the students engaged and motivated to read and write."
"The different themes focusing on identity and relationships and connections between the students and their world around them are definitely topics that we spend time on throughout the semester, especially through the different primary readings. I like how the first unit of INTERACTIONS starts with the individual, and then the consecutive sequences discuss the individual's interaction first with things close around him or her, and then broaden to such things as nature and technology. I think there are enough themes given in these eight units to satisfy or appeal to every kind of student that might be in the class in a given semester. I believe that the first unit about self is especially important because of how it relates to where most of these college students are: at a place where they truly start figuring out who they are."
About the Author
Ann Moseley (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma) is Associate Professor and Director of the Communications Skills Center at East Texas State University.
Jeanette Harris (Ph.D., East Texas State University) was Director of the William L. Adams Writing Center at Texas Christian University.