Concepts in Composition Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Writing

ISBN-10: 0415885167

ISBN-13: 9780415885164

Edition: 2nd 2012 (Revised)

Authors: Irene L. Clark

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Focused on scholarship in rhetoric and composition over the past quarter-century,Concepts in Composition: Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Writingis designed to foster reflection on how theory impacts practice, enabling prospective teachers to develop their own comprehensive and coherent conception of what writing is or should be and to consider how people learn to write. This approach allows readers to assume the dual role of both teacher and student as they enter the conversation of the discipline and become familiar with some of the critical issues. Each chapter addresses a particular theoretical concept relevant to classroom teaching and includes activities to help readers establish the connection between theoretical concepts and classroom lessons. A major premise is that only when prospective writing teachers understand this relationship will they be able to teach effectively. The chapters, designed to facilitate this understanding, include: *an overview of a significant concept in composition that has generated scholarly attention, and in some instances, critical controversy over the past 25 years; *writing assignments and discussion prompts to foster further exploration of the concept; *thought-provoking articles; *bibliographies for further research; and *suggestions for classroom activities to apply the concept in a pedagogical context. The text is enriched by seven chapters authored by invited scholars with expertise in particular concepts of composition. Two appendixes--"Developing Effective Writing Assignments" and "Developing a Syllabus" enhance the pedagogical usefulness of the text.
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Book details

List price: $89.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/29/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 488
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.112
Language: English

Processes
Readings: Muriel Harris, "Composing Behaviors of One-And Multi-draft Writers."
"Moving Writers, Shaping Motives, Motivating Critique and Change: A Genre Approach to Teaching Writing."
Invention
Reading: Mike Rose, "Rigid Rules, Inflexible Plans, and the Stifling of Language A Cognitivist Analysis of Writer's Block."
Revision
Reading: Nancy Sommers, "Revision Strategies of Student Writers and Experienced Adult Writers."
Audience
Reading: Peter Elbow, "Closing My Eyes as I Speak: An Argument for Ignoring Audience."
Assessing Writing
Readings: Donald Daiker, "Learning to Praise."
Nancy Sommers, "Across the Drafts."
Genre
Reading: Anis Bawarshi, "Sites of Invention: Genre and the Enactment of First-Year Writing."
Voice
Readings: Tom Pace, "Style and the Renaissance of Composition Studies." Peter Elbow, "How to Get Power Through Voice."
Teaching Grammar In The Context Of Writing
Reading: Patrick Hartwell, "Grammar, Grammars, and the Teaching of Writing"
Non-Native Speakers Of English
Reading: Tony Silva, Ilona Leki, and Joan Carson, "Broadening the Perspective of Mainstream Composition Studies: Some Thoughts from the Disciplinary Margins."
Language & Diversity
Readings: Wayne O' Neil, "Dealing With Bad Ideas: Twice is Less."
Paul Kei Matsuda, "The Myth of Linguistic Homogeneity in U.S. College Composition."
Writing In Multiple Media
Reading: Madeleine Sorapure, "Between Modes: Assessing Student New Media Compositions."
Appendices
Developing Effective Writing Assignments
Constructing a Syllabus
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