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Students often struggle with the transition to writing in college, both in first-year
composition (FYC) and in the disciplines. This report describes a curriculum that addresses this problem by turning the FYC course into a Role-Playing Game. This style of gamification, grounded in bell hooks’ concept of an engaged pedagogy, can help facilitate the critical thinking skills that are key elements of learning transfer from FYC to writing in the disciplines.

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Dwyer, S. (2018). Gameful engagement: Gamification, critical thinking, and First-Year Composition. Double Helix, 6.

Double Helix is a publication of the College of Arts and Sciences at Quinnipiac University. ISSN 2372-7497. Works published in Double Helix are released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 international License.