Writing at the Threshold: Featuring 56 Ways to Prepare High School and College Students to Think and Write at the College Level

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National Council of Teachers of English, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 125 pages
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This book offers high school and college teachers both a philosophy of composition instruction and an immediately useful set of classroom-tested teaching ideas distilled from the author's 28 years of teaching writing. Throughout the book, two aims underlie all others: (1) to tap every student's inborn ability to think extensively and well; and (2) to help every student develop the skills he or she will need to "communicate" good thinking, to obtain a fair hearing from it. The book illuminates these aims by moving from brief reflections on inquiry-based learning to strategies for translating theory into practice in the classroom. It also offers a set of five course sequences, each proposing a different way to shape a whole writing course using methods discussed in the book. The book is designed for easy use by teachers--it is spiral bound and small in size, and, in addition, in some places a small computer icon indicates a reference to the author's Web site where a number of materials are collected that can be printed out, copied, and distributed to students directly. Contains 23 references. (NKA)

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The Thinking That Produces Things to Say
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Eavesdropping and Other Everyday Familiar Forms of Inquiry

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