Call for Pitches: Zoom In (A Teaching Series for ASLE)

Christy Tidwell

Call for Pitches: Zoom In (A Teaching Series for ASLE)

ASLE is an organization full of brilliant teachers as well as scholars, and we have much we can learn from each other. ASLE members are invited to contribute to a series of teaching posts for the ASLE website in which they explore the pedagogical possibilities of a text by focusing on one detail at a time. Each post will put a handful of teachers in conversation with each other about the same text, giving readers a sense of the variety of approaches available while anchoring them in specific lines or moments from the text.

This series will offer a chance to zoom in on small teaching opportunities that can have a big impact. For instance, what line from a poem serves as a focal point for discussion in your class? What specific image or set of allusions do you use to get students engaged? How does even a single word connect this text to larger issues?

At this point, pitches are invited for short reflections on teaching a specific element of one of the following texts:

  • The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • Weather by Jenny Offill
  • Habitat Threshold by Craig Santos Perez
  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

In your pitch, please indicate what text you would like to discuss, what element of it you would zoom in on (be as specific and concrete as possible here), and what larger ideas or issues this particular point connects to or allows you to develop in class. Pitches should be very short (approximately 100-150 words) and completed reflections will be approximately 1000 words.

You are also welcome to submit pitches for specific texts to use in future posts, so please be in touch if there’s another text you think would benefit from this approach. Although the initial list only includes written texts, this approach would work wonderfully for other media, too, and texts of all types will be considered for the series. If you pitch another text to include, please indicate whether you would want to write about it.

Send your pitches to ASLE’s Digital Strategies Coordinator, Christy Tidwell ([email protected]), by December 15, 2021, to be considered for the first round of Zoom In teaching posts.