Only now, many years after the event, 20 years after my father’s death, do I realize that I was trying to make some connection in my “trolley discourse” to my dad, who at the time, in Washington, was dying from cancer.
Coronavirus: the unseen cause with visible effects
Model for a cause-and-effect personal essay, on the theme of coronavirus.
Dangling chicken for Maryland blue crabs
This is a writing sample for students in the intensive-English program at UTSA. They were writing about how they acquired a skill and the steps that they took to learn it.
Variations on ‘slavery’ in the Corpus of Historical American English (COHA)
A model for a corpus-analysis assignment, ENGL 203, "Rhetoric and Composition II," Northern Illinois University, spring 2019
How can I ‘write what I know’ when I don’t know anything?
If a writing “territory” exists in which I know more than others, it might be the Presbyterian Church (USA) peace-accompaniment program in Colombia (or the 1971-72 Washington Redskins).