This writing space has been developed as a public forum for the citizen writers in writing courses taught by Zapoura Newton-Calvert at Portland Community College and Marylhurst University. In this forum, “citizen” represents membership in a community rather than a legal status.
Newton-Calvert’s writing courses have been designed with a connection between students and the community. In service learning courses, instructors believe that education goes hand-in-hand with community responsibility. And a persuasive writing class is a perfect place to explore that connection. Working in the community (either face-to-face or virtually) deepens and
contextualizes the course learning of students in these writing courses in powerful ways while simultaneously benefiting the community.
The research and writing collections here are based on the following community themes chosen by students who have both worked in the community and written within these themes throughout the term:
- Arts & Culture
- Families & Family Services
- The Environment
- Health & Wellness
- Resource Abundance/Scarcity
- Immigration & Global Citizenry
- The School Community
- Your Neighborhood
The research and writing collections posted here are specifically designed to allow students to explore a research question within their theme through building a collection of research sources (a mini-library for becoming more knowledgeable on the research question) and performing a piece of public writing (a letter, blog comments, etc.).