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Writing the Pandemic

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Writing the Pandemic addresses the many changes that writing instructors and students have faced since the arrival of Covid-19 and their ramifications for teaching and learning, including:
Instructional Delivery – in-person, hybrid, and remote classes;
Campus and Classroom Protocols – masking, distancing, and cleaning;
Safety – quarantining, isolating, and reporting; and Justice – antiracism, political divides, and implications for education.

The book is intended for an audience of first-year college composition professors and other English and language arts instructors at the postsecondary and secondary levels who have experienced the seismic shifts in writing instruction and education more generally that have been necessitated by the pandemic. The author paints portraits of the pandemic experience that writing teachers and their students will relate to and offers practical learning material that can be used in writing courses.

One of the first books published about this theme, Writing the Pandemic includes reflections by a writing instructor and his students together with ready-to-use assignments. It is written in a lively style by the author of English Composition Teacher's Guidebook, Tom Mulder, an award-winning instructor who teaches at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.

With each chapter, the author includes an example of his notes blogged at intervals during critical incidents of the unfolding coronavirus as well as individual students’ stories along with their photographs, both inside composition classrooms adapted for distanced learning and writing or working from home.

In addition, Writing the Pandemic contains three essay assignments with steps for writing process, reflection, and peer review that are ready to be projected or uploaded for either in-person or remote classes with each. It also includes a first class opening activity, suitable for either in-person or on-line instruction.

Published: Sep 1, 2023