Nuts and Bolts: A Practical Guide to Teaching College Composition

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Thomas Newkirk
Boynton/Cook Publishers, 1993 - Education - 208 pages
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In Nuts & Bolts, editor Thomas Newkirk details the evolution of the University of New Hampshire's writing program, drawing heavily from the oral culture -- or "lore" -- of the program. Then seven experienced practitioners contribute chapters dealing with the issues that beginning writing teachers often struggle with:

  • How can I sequence a writing course?
  • How can in-class writing exercises develop writing
  • What is the place of reading in a writing course?
  • What is my role in writing conferences?
  • How can I help students self-evaluate?
  • How do I teach editing?
  • How should I grade?

Nuts & Bolts deals with these questions in a lucid, jargon-free, and specific way. While filled with examples of student work and classroom exercises, it is more than a sampler of things that "work." Each contributor is careful to show how classroom work comes out of careful thinking about course objectives; readers are invited to eavesdrop on this decision making process.

An unabashedly practical book, Nuts & Bolts will be the single most useful book a college writing teacher could own.

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User Review  - alissamarie - LibraryThing

Quite a useful book, actually - mostly for the newbie, but I would imagine that the seasoned teacher might find something here. There are lots of actual practical suggestions for teaching revision, grammar, topics, and a lot more. I plan to return to it over and over again. Read full review


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About the author (1993)

Thomas Newkirk is the author of numerous Heinemann titles, including Minds Made for Stories, The Art of Slow Reading, The Performance of Self in Student Writing (winner of the NCTE's David H. Russell Award), and Misreading Masculinity. For almost three decades, Tom taught writing at the University of New Hampshire where he founded the New Hampshire Literacy Institutes, a summer program for teachers. In addition to working as a teacher, writer, and editor, he has served as the chair of his local school board.

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