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Discussion Lead

Discussion leaders assume a share of responsibility for framing the opening segment of class. This is an opportunity to showcase a method you have used before (or a new one you want to try out) to engage your colleagues with the assigned reading. You may ask us to write, to respond to questions, to explore a passage (or series of passages). You may involve us in a game, a mini-lesson, even a sing-along. The emphasis here should be on engagement with the reading, on some structured activity, and on conversation—that is, on a generally positive and energetic opening encounter with the assigned reading. You are encouraged to provide framing materials along the lines of a handout or slidedeck, but these materials can be informal and provisional (rather than formal and polished). Also, they can extend from anything you are working on and also using in your P1.Cookbook. In any given class, discussion leaders are collectively responsible for 15-20 minutes of class time during the first half of the session.

Everyone will lead discussion once during the semester.

Contact Information

Derek N. Mueller, PhD
Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing
Director of Composition
Department of English
Virginia Tech
Office: 315 Shanks Hall
Spring 2019 Office Hours: T, 12-3
Phone: +1-734-985-0485

"In a digital universe, word, sound, and image share a common notation. They are, at a fundamental level, convertible into one another" (465). Richard Lanham, "Implications of Electronic Information"

"These days all technology follows computer technology" (159). Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants

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