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Balzotti, Jon – Journal of Basic Writing, 2016
This article describes an innovative pedagogical technique for multimodal composition courses: the use of storyboarding as an invention tool across multiple composition platforms. Student response data and our textual analysis of their multimodal texts over a two-year period reveal some challenges when new media projects are taught alongside…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Writing (Composition), Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Sullivan, Patrick – Journal of Basic Writing, 2015
In 2012, the State of Connecticut enacted Public Act 12-40, legislation that dramatically changed the way remedial education was theorized, designed, and delivered at community colleges and regional state universities in Connecticut. One of the most controversial features of this legislative movement was that it appeared to establish a…
Descriptors: State Legislation, Remedial Instruction, Educational Legislation, Neoliberalism
Stanley, Sarah – Journal of Basic Writing, 2013
This article presents a pedagogical practice for noticing and negotiating error in a multilingual classroom. Two examples from a classroom are compared to demonstrate the importance of "noticing" in the context of translingual pedagogy. The author's first example offers an attempt to negotiate an error with a multilingual writer without…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Multilingualism, Error Patterns, Error Correction
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Bird, Barbara – Journal of Basic Writing, 2013
This article presents the results of three comparative analyses on forty-seven student papers in order to examine the effectiveness of a basic writing course in developing students' academic writer identity. The course curriculum, grounded in social identity theory, focuses on the core writing concepts and dispositions that promote writer…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Writing Instruction, Self Concept, Comparative Analysis
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Toth, Christie – Journal of Basic Writing, 2013
This article discusses basic writing pedagogy at a two-year tribal college, an institution type that has not been visible in the basic writing literature to date. In many tribal college contexts, socioeconomic challenges, under-resourced K-12 schools, and linguistic diversity all contribute to high student placement rates into…
Descriptors: Tribally Controlled Education, Writing (Composition), Two Year Colleges, Socioeconomic Influences
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
VanHaitsma, Pamela – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2010
This article recuperates the notion of "strategic value," but to new ends: rather than arguing whether or not basic writing should continue, this case study looks to one institution where it does, asking what value the category "basic writer" holds for teachers at this site. On the one hand, they confirm the existing…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Basic Writing, Case Studies, Universities
McCrary, Donald – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2009
Private student discourses are often ignored or prohibited in the academy; however, these private discourses are very meaningful, and representative of the ways that students order and speak about the world. Specifically, religion is an extremely significant private student discourse; exploring religious discourse might help students not only to…
Descriptors: Religion, Critical Thinking, Fiction, Books
Gabor, Catherine – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2009
This article looks at best practices in basic writing instruction in terms of non-traditional audiences and writerly authority. Much conventional wisdom discourages participation in service-learning projects for basic writers because of the assumption that their writing is not yet ready to "go public." Countering this line of thinking, the author…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Basic Writing, Writing Instruction, Student Projects
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
Treglia, Maria Ornella – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2008
How students respond to teacher-written commentary has been an under-researched topic, and the existing literature in L2 studies is contradictory. The present study analyzes the critical and positive commentary, mitigated and unmitigated, written by two community-college, first-year composition teachers on two drafts of two writing assignments…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Writing Assignments, Freshman Composition, Teacher Role
Fearn, Leif; Farnan, Nancy – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2007
While evidence shows that grammar study focused on identification, description, and definition (IDD) fails to enhance writing performance, the grammar most students study remains focused on the IDD tradition. We taught a functional grammar that featured what words do in sentences, rather than what words are called and how they are defined, to two…
Descriptors: Sentences, Grammar, Identification, Writing Instruction
Bernstein, Susan Naomi – Journal of Basic Writing, 2005
This article examines education law and cultural conditions for teaching and learning in Texas, the state that provided a model for the federal No Child Left Behind Act signed in 2002. Accountability testing is a primary feature of Texas education law and has an enormous impact on public school culture. Of particular interest is Houston, one of…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Second Language Learning, Testing, School Culture
Zamel, Vivian; Spack, Ruth – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2006
Language and literacy are situated in specific classroom contexts and are acquired as students engage with the subject matter and tasks of these courses. Therefore, all faculty--not just those who teach courses devoted to teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL)--are responsible for contributing to multilingual students' acquisition…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Qualitative Research, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
Darabi, Rachelle L. – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2006
This study investigates a basic writing course within a freshman learning Community at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). Multiple layers of data, both qualitative and quantitative, provide a thick description of what occurred overall in that classroom over the course of one semester. My findings suggest that basic writing…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, College Freshmen, Developmental Studies Programs, School Holding Power
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