Teaching Composition Using Literature

I thought this piece was interesting. And I’ve always had a good time teaching Virginia Woolf–she gets them thinking and arguing, for sure; sometimes with love, sometimes not, but there’s always something to talk about.

How important was Mrs. Dalloway to composition students at West Los Angeles Community College? Katherine Boutry, their instructor, offered the ultimate in concrete evidence during a discussion at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association about English pedagogy at community colleges. When students filled out their course evaluations, three wrote that they had gotten tattoos that read “fear no more,” a key phrase from the novel. The students acted independently of one another and in fact selected different body parts for their tattoos

The comments on this article are interesting, too, I thought.


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