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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
Rose, Mike – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2009
Standards are the criteria we use to judge competence, and the incarnation of some version of the issue of standards has woven in and out of education policy for the last thirty years. Unfortunately, much of the discussion has been ideological, rigid, and cast in either/or terms. In this essay, I use examples from basic writing and freshman…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Freshman Composition, Basic Writing, Student Experience
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)