Walk Local, Argue Local: A Campus-Based Prompt for a Basic Writing Course

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Lance Langdon
Jens Lloyd

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This assignment deploys place-based pedagogy in a basic writing course, and enacts it through first-person research in the form of a walking tour of a university campus. Students first read and discuss two texts about their campus: an article analyzing campus architecture and a philosophical treatise about the campus park. Students then marshal evidence gathered through a walking tour to argue with one of these texts. In addition to bolstering students’ confidence for contesting claims advanced by authorities, this assignment encourages students and teachers alike to cultivate a more deliberate awareness of their surroundings. Because this assignment is meant to be grounded in a specific locale, instructors adapting this prompt are encouraged to seek out texts addressing their own institutional settings.

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Langdon, L., & Lloyd, J. (2020). Walk Local, Argue Local: A Campus-Based Prompt for a Basic Writing Course. Prompt: A Journal of Academic Writing Assignments, 4(2), 13-22. https://doi.org/10.31719/pjaw.v4i2.65
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