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Watson, Missy – Journal of Basic Writing, 2017
In this essay, I examine the sociopolitical consequences of policing plagiarism and evaluating students' ethics within the context of basic writing's longstanding tradition of remediating and reshaping pedagogies, ideological stances, and what counts as academic writing. With the hope of illustrating how we might be more intentional about…
Descriptors: Plagiarism, Academic Discourse, Ethics, Writing Teachers
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Kraemer, Don J. – Journal of Basic Writing, 2017
This article uses Zak Lancaster's 2016 discovery that academics do not actually write the way "They Say/I Say" says they do to reflect on relations between, on the one hand, facts about academic writing and, on the other, the pedagogical values that underlie and guide those facts--or, put another way, to reflect on how values we may…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Writing Instruction, Academic Discourse, Remedial Instruction
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Mlynarczyk, Rebecca Williams – Journal of Basic Writing, 2014
In this article, Mlynarczyk traces her career-long exploration of the relationship between personal, narrative writing and so-called academic discourse. Believing that both are important for college students, particularly students placed in basic writing or ESL composition, she has come to believe that rather than viewing the two as separate modes…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Academic Discourse, Personal Narratives, Writing Strategies
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Lin, Ching Ching – Journal of Basic Writing, 2014
Bakhtin's dialogism provides a sociocultural approach that views language as a social practice informed by the complex interaction between discourse and meaning. Drawing on this theoretical framework, I argue that a dialogized version of storytelling can be helpful in creating a reflective form of academic discourse that bridges the gap between…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Academic Discourse, English Language Learners, Student Needs
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Parmegiani, Andrea – Journal of Basic Writing, 2014
This article reports on my attempt to use storytelling as an entry point into academic discourse in a learning community designed to meet the learning needs of ESL students who recently emigrated from the Dominican Republic. Based on research suggesting a correlation between academic success in a second language and first language literacy skills,…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Ethnography, Case Studies, Community Colleges
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Ellis, David; Murtha, Megan – Journal of Basic Writing, 2014
Many first-year students struggle with the transition from high school writing to college writing as higher-order demands are made and new discipline-specific genres are added. Previous writing training can provide a "mental set effect," old habits of mind, which inhibits growth. Additionally, students receive writing training in courses…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction, Playwriting
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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
Hall, Anne-Marie; Minnix, Christopher – Journal of Basic Writing, 2012
Critical analysis of the literacy narrative assignment within the context of the other genres in a basic writing course complicates understandings of the political import of the assignment. While several advocates of the literacy narrative have argued that it has the power of what Jean-François Lyotard has called petits récits, the authors argue…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Writing Instruction, Persuasive Discourse, Assignments
Gunter, Kimberly K. – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
In this article, I revisit the Elbow/Bartholomae debate, review recent scholarship on academic writing, and discuss the ways that the mandates of traditional academic writing can further disenfranchise already marginalized students. I suggest that, due to the double consciousness with which these students often live, they come into classrooms…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Academic Discourse, Rhetoric, Minority Group Students
Flores, Nelson – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2010
In "A New World: Redefining the Legacy of Min-Zhan Lu"(JBW 27.2, Fall 2008), Brian Ray revisits the controversy that emerged in the early 1990s in response to critiques of the iconic Mina Shaughnessy made by Min-Zhan Lu. He offers a reading of the debate that focuses on common ground between the two sides through a metaphor of linguistic charity…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Figurative Language, Writing Instruction, Writing (Composition)
Rankins-Robertson, Sherry; Cahill, Lisa; Roen, Duane; Glau, Gregory R. – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2010
Narrow definitions of academic writing often do not serve students well because they ignore the rhetorically situated and social bases for writing and the potential role of writing to span the personal, professional, and civic areas of students' lives. Broadening school-sponsored writing to include writing about family can help students to see the…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Academic Discourse, Writing (Composition), Family (Sociological Unit)
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
Pine, Nancy – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2008
This article explores the particular challenges and possibilities of service learning pedagogy for basic writers. Because a number of scholars of service learning and basic writing (Adler-Kassner, Arca, and Kraemer) are concerned primarily with developing underprepared students' academic literacies, I investigated how the students in a service…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Service Learning, Writing Instruction, College Science
Launspach, Sonja – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2008
Through the use of a case study, this article explores the role of talk in underprepared students' acquisition of academic discourse. Conversation analysis as a linguistic framework is used to examine the interactions of students participating in a small writing group. Tracing the progress of one student's paper, I explore how students'…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Discourse Communities, Writing (Composition), Learning Processes
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
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