While at the University of North Carolina - Wilimington, Spear received two grants to create and implement a 200-level composition argument course with a global emphasis and service-learning component. In ENG 200: College Reading and Writing (Global Emphasis), the service-learning component was used to create local-global links within and beyond the classroom, increasing student engagement and awareness of global and local issues while simultaneously focusing on writing objectives. The course consisted of five community partnerships and project-based writing assignments, including formal essays, reflections logs, and a capstone group project. Spear has presented on the success and creation of this course at the North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing in 2013.
UNCW's English in Action Showcase
Multimodal Writing Project & Presentation
Students Presented Work
at this public event, sharing their
experiences and arguments
Students Learned Skills
in writing, speaking, and visual
rhetoric through class projects
Created and Permission Granted by Devin
Barleen, Aurelie Krakowsky, and Kelsey Dean
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Global Citizenship & Local Arguments
Students' reflection logs and group projects stressed information related to global/local issues, capturing their personal experiences and offering an understanding of what being a "global citizen" means. Some students went a step further by deciding to present their service-learning projects in the department's English in Action Showcase, a public forum that highlights English students work within and outside classrooms. All students wrote argument essays related to the focused issue that directly connected to their service-learning projects.