Author Archives: Dr. Ayers

The Dauntless Oracle

Recently, former student Austin Anderson e-mailed me to say hello, and to let me know about a new blog he started, called The Dauntless Oracle. On it, he writes about a range of topics, but all of them seem to be … Continue reading

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Author Study Panel Schedule

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The Rhetorical Triangle

For future reference, some questions to ask when you’re beginning a piece of rhetorical analysis.

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Aristotle, Joshua Bell, and Persuasion

Watch the video. Then I’ll have a few words about this after the jump.

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The Credible Hulk

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Join Us for ICAPLCPE4

As you all know, I’ll be holding the Fourth Annual Iowa City AP Language and Composition Practice Exam (ICAPLCPE) on the University of Iowa campus a week from tomorrow. That is, Saturday, May 3, at 8:00 AM. It will be at … Continue reading

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Essayists for Author Study 3

Anthony Bourdain   Bill Bryson   Ta-Nehisi Coates   Nora Ephron   Henry Louis Gates, Jr.   Malcolm Gladwell   Christopher Hitchens   Michael Pollan   Anna Quindlen   Oliver Sacks   David Sedaris   Peter Singer   Neil deGrasse … Continue reading

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Book Review Essays, Spring 2014

This term we’ll talk about book review essays a lot. I insist on tacking the word “essays” on the back end of that phrase to help differentiate between those we’ll be reading, and those which might first come to mind. … Continue reading

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Okay Kids, Time for the In-Class Essay

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Finding Lit Crit: EBSCOhost

So, one of the things students have sometimes struggled to find is discussion and analysis of an author’s works by literary critics. In this post, I’ll offer some suggestions for finding literary criticism using EBSCOhost. First of all, it’s important … Continue reading

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