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Summary and Resources

When we think students "can't" write, it's often because they haven't had sufficient training and practice. If we prepare them to write well, which the following pages will cover, we'll be less frustrated with their writing. In fact, we might even enjoy it.

Additional Resources and Reading for Teaching Writing

  • Thomas Bartlett, “Why Johnny Can’t Write, Even Though He Went to Princeton,” The Chronicle of Higher Education (Jan. 3, 2003).
  • Richard Fulkerson, “Composition at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century,”College Composition and Communication 56.4 (June 2005): 654-87. 
  • John Gage, “Why Write,” The Teaching of Writing: National Society for the Study of Education Yearbook, David Bartholomae and Anthony Petrosky eds., (University of Chicago Press) 1986.
  • A Guide to Composition Pedagogies, Gary Tate, Amy Rupiper, Kurt Schick, eds. (Oxford: Oxford University Press) 2001.

To avoid the common complaints about student writing we've just discussed, begin by clarifying the assignment for your class

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