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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)
Ray, Brian – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2008
This article discusses exchanges between a number of scholars during the 1990s centering on Min-Zhan Lu's controversial essay "Conflict and Struggle: The Enemies or Preconditions of Basic Writing?" In some ways, "Conflict and Struggle" blazed a trail for later work in "hybrid" or "mixed" forms of academic writing while at the same time igniting…
Descriptors: Standard Spoken Usage, Basic Writing, Writing (Composition), Writing Research
Bernstein, Susan Naomi – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2008
This essay focuses on how young women students in a first-year, first-quarter basic reading and writing course wrote about their connections to the process of identity development as portrayed in the graphic novel "Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return" by Marjane Satrapi. While the circumstances of becoming a student in a required…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Females, Novels, Self Concept
Ashley, Hannah – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2007
Reported discourse--as theorized by Bakhtin, bringing the voices of others into our own writing through quotation, citation and paraphrase, as well as more subtle means--is at the heart of all academic writing, including basic writing. This article, both in its texture and its analysis, demonstrates that reported discourse must be regarded, and…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Writing (Composition), Musical Composition, Mental Disorders
Leary, Chris – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2007
This article describes two very different projects undertaken in the same basic writing course: collaborative ethnography and ACT test prep. At first glance, it appears that the work on collaborative ethnography accomplished our goal of creating better, more self-conscious writers while the work on test prep achieved our goal of creating better…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Standardized Tests, Ethnography, Context Effect
Rustick, Margaret Tomlinson – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2007
Several states have now implemented policies restricting basic writers' access to four-year universities, and the students most likely to be affected are African American, Latino, and nonnative English speakers. The pressure to speed students' mastery of standard written English, along with the trend toward more explicit instruction in second…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Teaching Methods, Grammar, Educational Games
Graziano-King, Janine – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2007
In an effort to assess student writing in a way that reflects current views of writing (i.e., as a social process supported by the interaction of a number of cognitive sub-processes), and yet still seeks to determine what students can do independently, it has become a common practice to include timed essays in student portfolios. However, this…
Descriptors: Portfolio Assessment, Student Evaluation, Essays, Writing (Composition)
Glau, Gregory R. – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2007
Arizona State University's basic writing "Stretch Program" has now been in existence for more than ten years. Statistical data for nearly 8,000 "Stretch Program" students continues to indicate that the program helps a range of at-risk students succeed. This is true, also, for students from under-represented groups, who comprise…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, High Risk Students, Disproportionate Representation, Student Needs
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
Davi, Angelique – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2006
Service learning has been recognized as an effective pedagogical tool in the writing classroom. It has also served to help students develop an awareness of diversity and multicultural issues. In this article, the author examines the benefits of service learning in a basic writing course designed for students of color attending a disproportionately…
Descriptors: Writing Skills, Basic Writing, Service Learning, Multicultural Education
Tassoni, John Paul – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2006
This essay offers a history of a basic writing course that began at a public ivy campus in the 1970s. Relying on principles of universal design and on insights derived from his school's studio program about ways the institution's selective functions can impact curricular matters, the author describes how the basic writing course was merely…
Descriptors: Educational History, Basic Writing, Undergraduate Study, English Departments
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
Carter, Shannon – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2006
Despite multiple and persuasive arguments against the validity of doing so, many basic writers continue to be identified by what Brian V. Street calls the "autonomous model of literacy," a model that research tells us is as artificial and inappropriate as it is ubiquitous. This article describes a curricular response to the political,…
Descriptors: Assignments, Basic Writing, Literacy Education, Adult Literacy
Heaney, April – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2006
In this description of a learning community for "at-risk" and basic writing students at the University of Wyoming, I outline the reasons our students resist academic writing prior to their entry into college--reasons largely unrelated to typical perceptions of at-risk students as "lazy" or intellectually less capable. For…
Descriptors: High Risk Students, Critical Reading, Critical Thinking, Writing Processes
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