Writing: From First Grade to First-Year Comp
First-year writing fosters engagement and retention, enhances rhetorical knowledge, develops metacognition, and increases responsibility. So argues a new NCTE policy brief, "First-Year Writing: What Good Does It Do?" The brief makes strong claims for the value of the first-year composition requirement, supporting the findings of the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing. See the following resources from NCTE and ReadWriteThink.org for more on writing.
Read the authors' take on "Creating the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing."
Elementary students and their teacher build a meaningful writing curriculum from the students' own experiences and social interactions in "'Writing That Matters': Collaborative Inquiry and Authoring Practices in a First-Grade Class."
In Becoming Writers in the Elementary Classroom: Visions and Decisions, Katie Van Sluys demonstrates how to (re)claim our professional practice to ensure that young people have the opportunity to become competent, constantly growing writers who use writing to think, communicate, and pose as well as solve problems.
"Mentor Texts and Funds of Knowledge: Situating Writing within Our Students' Worlds" shares how the funds of knowledge concept serves as scaffolding for encouraging students to draw on background experiences and home language to generate authentic writing.
Draft letters ask students to think critically about their writing on a specific assignment before submitting their work to a reader. This lesson explains and provides models for the strategy.
How is student writing affected by the increased importance of visual design in communication? Read more in "Poetry, Visual Design, and the How-To Manual: Creativity in the Teaching of Technical Writing."
"Bridging the Gap between High School and College Writing" offers guidelines and suggestions for creating a dialogue between high school teachers of writing and college instructors of writing that can open the lines of communication and provide their students with some link between the two worlds.
In This Time It's Personal: Teaching Academic Writing through Creative Nonfiction, John S. O'Connor offers a diverse range of creative nonfiction writing assignments with authentic audiences -- including writer’s autobiography; writing about place; memoirs; op-ed essays; blogs; oral histories -- and many vibrant examples of student writing.
"Beyond Standards: Disciplinary and National Perspectives on Habits of Mind" from College Composition and Communication praises the Framework and how it encourages rhetoric and composition to engage the liberal arts tradition and promote ethical and civic educational aims.
Attending the upcoming NCTE Annual Convention? There are literally hundreds of sessions on writing! Having a hard time figuring out which ones to attend? Here are a few on transitions in writing
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