LIT 501 – Week 12 – Rhetorical Precis

Womack, Anne-Marie. “Teaching is accommodation: Universally designing composition classrooms and syllabi.” College Composition and Communication 68.3 (2017): 494.

In the academic article “Teaching is Accommodation,” Anne-Marie Womack (2017) argues that how accommodations in the classroom is traditionally defined is limited and an obstacle for inclusive and efficient teaching. Womack develops her argument through a history of how “accommodation” has been defined by law and applied to the classroom by various institutions and instructors, and giving examples of why or why not these combine to create or solve problems. The author explores this topic in order to develop a more cohesive, “universal design” approach for a classroom environment and syllabus. The audience for this article is teachers and administration in education. Working around teachers, I hear many arguments for and against accommodations, but Womack saying that “’Reasonable accommodation is institutionally designed to change the least possible amount” (496) resonated with me. There are many things we can do in order to be more inclusive, and many things, at one point or another could be considered an accommodation.  Universal design tries to be inclusive of all student’s needs, which has the additional benefit of not making those who require an accommodation because of a disability feel as though they require more, or special, attention.


Wasley, Paula. “Research Yields Tips on Crafting Better Syllabi.” Chronicle of Higher Education 54.27 (2008).

In an article titled “Research Yield Tips on Crafting Beetter Syllabi” by Paula Wasley (2008) found on the Chronicle of Higher Education Website, the author provides four tips for writing better syllabi. Wasley gives weight to these tips by providing each, and then giving examples from other teachers and students explaining how each was valuable information. Wasley gives these tips in order to provide instructors with some “best practices” while writing their syllabi. The audience for this is teachers of all levels.  I think this is some valuable information that could be universally applied to any syllabi and would be beneficial to both instructor and student.

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