Third Space: Welcome

Guide for Third Space English Composition


Welcome to Third Space English. Third Space is an English Composition course, designed by Columbus State Community College and central Ohio high school instructors, as a bridge to higher-level learning. The course, greatly inspired by Linda Christensen’s book, Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Teaching About Social Justice and the Power of the Written Word, seeks to foster, build, and develop skills in composition that are rooted in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Assignments completed in this course facilitate practice with and independent thinking in various composition genres, such as personal narrative, critical lens analysis, academic research, and reflection. The assignments in this course are designed to guide and support students through a recursive writing process that celebrates the voices and collaboration of students. Third Space allows students to prepare for and experience college-level curriculum while also building upon community and the skills necessary for success beyond high school.

If you have any questions about the curriculum and/or you are a high school interested in partnering with Columbus State on this class, please reach out to Rachel Brooks-Pannell at and/or Whitney Larson at Thank you.

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