1st Edition

Generative AI in the English Composition Classroom Practical and Adaptable Strategies

    144 Pages
    by Routledge

    Designed to cater to the needs of both novice and seasoned writing instructors, this book provides a range of practical and adaptable strategies for integrating generative AI into English writing curricula.

    Generative AI in the English Composition Classroom proposes strategic methodologies to ensure that AI is utilized as a facilitator of learning and creativity, rather than as a shortcut to academic success. With a particular emphasis on sophisticated large language models such as Claude, ChatGPT, and Gemini, this book critically addresses potential challenges, including concerns related to academic integrity. It includes case studies and practical strategies to exemplify how AI can enhance the writing process while emphasizing the continuing importance of a solid foundation in writing structure, processes, and rhetorical strategies. These case studies and strategies are designed for immediate application, offering educators and students practical tools to effectively navigate AI-augmented writing environments. Finally, the book looks to the future, discussing the evolving skillsets required in the workforce and how educators can equip students for a future in which AI is an integral component.

    A forward-thinking and invaluable guide, this book will be of interest to educators involved in teaching English composition and writing.

    About the Authors




    Introduction: Approaches to AI in Composition


    1. Pedagogical Foundations of AI Integration

    Daniel Plate, Elizabeth Melick, and James Hutson

    1.1 AI and the Composition Classroom: How did we get here?

    1.2 AI Literacy: What Instructors Need to Know

    1.3 The Student Writer in the AI Classroom: Reflections on Voice, Authorship, and Authority


    2. Inviting AI into the Composition Classroom

    Elizabeth Melick and Susan Edele

    2.1 Initial Interactions with AI (Edele)

    2.2 Talking to Students about AI (Melick)

    2.3 Writing with AI Activities (Melick)

    2.4 Conclusion


    3. AI-Integration through Portfolio Development

    Daniel Plate

    3.1 The Argument Portfolio and Writing “Up a Level” from Word-by-word Composition

    3.2 Two Examples of Argument Portfolio Pieces

    3.3 AI Tools as Support for the Revision Process

    3.4 By Way of a Conclusion: Response to an Objection


    Conclusion: Moving Forward with AI




    Daniel Plate is a Professor of English at Lindenwood University, USA.

    Elizabeth Melick is an Assistant Professor of English at Lindenwood University, USA.

    James Hutson is a Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at Lindenwood University, USA.

    Susan Edele is an Associate Professor of English at Lindenwood University, USA.