Designing Your Own Sequences

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This post is part of a continuing series on building a course around the textbook Emerging. For previous posts in the series, see here and here. Theoretically, any two randomly selected readings can be sequenced; however, you will probably find it more useful to develop a theme around which to organize your sequence. For example, you might select a theme such as globalization, death and mourning, science and ethics, networks and communities, or political processes. A more practical method of building a sequence is to start with an essay you would enjoy teaching, then add essays that work with that selection, letting the theme emerge as you write the accompanying assignments.
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Barclay Barrios is an Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing Programs at Florida Atlantic University, where he teaches freshman composition and graduate courses in composition methodology and theory, rhetorics of the world wide web, and composing digital identities. He was Director of Instructional Technology at Rutgers University and currently serves on the board of Pedagogy. Barrios is a frequent presenter at professional conferences, and the author of Emerging.