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Extending the CCC Conversation: A Dialogue with Cindy Selfe and Doug Hesse

What does composition mean?

What does it mean to compose?

How do your definitions affect what you teach in first-year composition and how you teach it?

During the first Extended CCC Conversation, on March 4 at 4:00 pm EST, Cindy Selfe and Doug Hesse met in a  virtual environment to continue a conversation they began in the Interchange section of the current issue of College Composition and Communication. Along with CCC journal editor, Kathi Yancey, hope you enjoyed the conversation!

In the February 2010 issue, Doug responds to Cindy’s June 2009 CCC article, where she uses the metaphor of voice to theorize a definition of composition that is richly multimodal.  In response, Doug asks what the limits of our definition of composition might be and what a capacious answer might mean for our teaching.  Cindy offers a reply.

Together, live and online, they considered two questions. First, how do we define composition? And second, what does this definition mean for our teaching of first-year composition?  

Related Resource

In addition, you might be interested in a related resource on this topic that was recently published by NCTE, College Credit for Writing in High School: The “Taking Care of” Business by Kristine Hansen and Christine R. Farris (with a Foreword by David A. Jolliffe and Afterword by Douglas Hesse). 

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