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Levy, Ronna J. – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
In basic writing classrooms and scholarship, reading too often remains invisible; neither research nor established practice provides tangible activities to support reading and connect it to writing. This article documents a search for structured, scaffolded, low-stakes reading activities, a search that moves off the college campus and into the…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Reading Instruction, Group Activities, College Students
Rodgers, Johannah – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
Theories of authorship and models of the author have been influential in shaping various approaches to composition theory and pedagogy. While discussions of the role of the author and authorship in composition studies have been going on for some time, tensions between the theoretical (author as social construct) and practical (author as agent)…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Writing (Composition), Authors, Undergraduate Students
Robinson, Heather M. – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2009
At York College, many of the students fit the linguistic and educational profile of basic writers, and yet there is no remediation built into the curriculum. It falls to the writing center, then, to provide our students with the academic support that they need in order to move beyond being classified as developmental writers. In this article, I…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Educational Philosophy, Motivation, Remedial Instruction
Klages, Marisa A.; Clark, J. Elizabeth – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2009
This article examines the challenges of teaching basic writing today as students come to the classroom with the basic fluency of digital natives but have the same need for learning writing and critical thinking skills that has traditionally marked basic writers. While most basic writers are adept at accessing information digitally, they are not as…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Writing Instruction, Basic Writing, Reading Writing Relationship
Cummings, Martha Clark – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2009
A lesbian teacher, recently returned from four years in Japan and teaching an intermediate ESL class in a public community college in New York City, struggles with addressing the issue of her own sexual orientation while using a novel with a protagonist who is questioning his sexual identity. The evolution of gay/lesbian and/or queer theory…
Descriptors: Sexual Orientation, Homosexuality, Sexual Identity, English (Second Language)
Summerfield, Judith; Gray, Peter; Smith, Cheryl C.; Benedicks, Crystal; McBeth, Mark; Hirsch, Linda; Soliday, Mary; Yood, Jessica – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2007
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the publication of Mina Shaughnessy's groundbreaking book, "Errors and Expectations," a roundtable discussion was held at the March 2007 Conference on College Composition and Communication in New York City. This article, based on the earlier discussion, examines the question of CUNY's multiple…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Writing (Composition), Democracy, Open Enrollment
Rigolino, Rachel; Freel, Penny – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2007
In 1996, the State University of New York at New Paltz developed the Supplemental Writing Workshop Program for its basic writing students in response to public pressure to discontinue the offering of so-called remedial writing courses at four-year institutions. Our primary purpose in this article is to describe the design of the SWW Program, which…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Writing (Composition), Graduation Rate, Writing Workshops
McBeth, Mark – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2006
Basic writing has played a large role in the history and institutional identity of the City University of New York (CUNY). From the Open Admissions era of Mina Shaughnessy to the present day, "remedial courses" at CUNY have been revised in response to different colleges' missions, curricular initiatives, university policies, and public…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Remedial Instruction, Courses, Public Colleges