Developing a good thesis is often the result of finding the "umbrella idea." Finding this idea requires that students move back and forth between a text's particularities and its big ideas in order to find a suitable "fit" between the two that the students can write about.

A key challenge for our freshmen students in the transition from high school to college is to unlearn the five paragraph essay.

This article provides a brief introduction to algorithms, and considers how new forms of algorithmic literacy might play a role in education.

We need to take history into account when we hear any proposal to change the University of California’s Entry-Level placement system for composition. That history begins with the early years of the University. It emerges from the University of California’s conception of itself.

Storytelling has long been part of the academic world.

The anthropologist narrates a cockfight in Bali. The economist tells the story of Google buses in San Francisco. The sociologist follows an immigrant Southeast Asian family en route to rural Mississippi.

Based on my own experience, research, and analysis, I have come to realize that many entering freshmen are at a disadvantage because of the composition instruction they received in high school.