Teaching with the NYT: Explorations in the Unexpected
As First-Year Writing instructors, we have used the New York Times as the primary text for our composition courses in the past year. Through our presentation, we hope to share our experiences of “wonder,” as we have both engaged students in a new form of inquisitiveness and found alternative pedagogical paths for ourselves as we taught from a different and less-concrete course text. Particularly in a presidential election year, a newspaper text presents discourse opportunities and challenges. We will share our responses to those challenges (assignments and curriculum planning), and we hope to have a thoughtful conversation with our audience about their experiences bringing these types of texts into the classroom. We look forward to a conversation around recalibration strategies for when fluid content presents unpredictable classroom scenarios.