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Five Blinn students to be featured in upcoming English textbook

‘Building Writing Skills the Hands-on Way’ will be released in January

Blinn Students

November 6, 2015

Five Blinn College – Schulenburg campus students will be featured in an upcoming English textbook.

Brianna Ahlschlager (La Grange), Chelsea Gabler (Moulton), Stacie Brown (Round Top) and Zach Denny (Weimar) will each see their work featured in a developmental English textbook, “Building Writing Skills the Hands-on Way,” edited by Jenia Walter, an English professor at Aims (Colo.) Community College. Jade Bujnoch’s (Schulenburg) work was also accepted, though her inclusion was cut during final publisher edits.

“What really impressed me about all of these students was their willingness to work on something outside of class that still was an extension of what I taught them in class,” said Audrey Wick, humanities professor. “They weren’t getting a grade for doing this, but they were able to see that this was a meaningful project.”

Ahlschlager submitted an example of freewriting, a prewriting technique in which a writer continuously writes for a set period of time without regard to spelling, grammar or topic.

“I wrote about how helpful freewriting is when you are stuck and you don’t know what to write,” Ahlschlager said.
The conclusion of each chapter in the textbook will feature a student voices section, and that is where Brown’s work on brainstorming ideas will be published. Denny will have a portrait photo and quotes in the book for a section on paragraphing.

Gabler wrote about a trip to Canyon Lake that her family takes every year. Her essay, “The Perfect Lake,” is included in a chapter on paragraph breaks. She also has a quote and portrait photo in the book.

Walter was so impressed with the quality of submissions that she included two full student essays by Denny and Brown in the online instructor’s manual to accompany the textbook. Their respective essays, “Gretel: Heroine or Victim?” and “Literacy Lessons Learned,” both won accolades in the campus’s spring Emerging Writers Contest.

Published students receive a written acknowledgement in the book, a free copy of the text and a monetary honorarium for their involvement.

“We’re continuing the tradition of strong student writers hailing from the Schulenburg campus,” Wick said.

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