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College Writing
NCTE INBOX 8-27-13

College success depends, in part, on certain habits of mind and experiences that students develop during their middle school and high school years, according to NCTE's Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing

Defining what it means to be college- and career-ready is an ongoing conversation, and one that drives national and state policies, as well as the efforts of many education groups. One such effort is a "Listening Tour" that will interview incoming college students about their writing habits, sponsored this fall by the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA), and the Two-Year College English Association of NCTE (TYCA).

The tour is intended to help build a portrait of the experiences and expectations of incoming college composition students, and thus add another dimension to the national discussion about what it means to be college- and career-ready. Responses will be incorporated into a public presentation about this project that will be shared with the media during the celebration of the National Day on Writing on October 20.

Listen to a conversation with Cathy Fleischer and Kent Williamson on Education Talk Radio about the habits of mind essential for student success in college writing.

"Bridging the Gap between High School and College Writing" from Teaching English in the Two-Year College includes guidelines for creating a dialogue between high school teachers of writing and college instructors of writing.

Three kinds of writing are outlined in "College Level Writing: What to Expect": Writing to Learn, Writing to Display, and Learning to Write. The handout, from the Eastern Michigan Writing Project, accompanies the English Journal article "Inviting Parents In: Expanding Our Community Base to Support Writing."

What kind of people are the students coming into college? What are their experiences and how will these play a role in who they are as learners? The fascinating Beloit Mindset list was just released for the Class of 2017. Check out number two: "They are the sharing generation, having shown tendencies to share everything, including possessions, no matter how personal."

So what conversations will you be having with students as the semester begins? 


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