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Stanley, Sarah – Journal of Basic Writing, 2018
Against a Racial Real backdrop, I argue for consciously adopting a sociocultural approach to style in linguistically and racially diverse Basic Writing classrooms. To make this argument, I focus on a multilingual writer named Tejada, who reveals how she had internalized a racialized stereotypical discourse about herself as a minority--a discourse…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Writing Instruction, Basic Writing, Multilingualism
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Pfrenger, Wendy – Journal of Basic Writing, 2017
Students in rural communities often describe themselves as unsuccessful readers and writers in a university context, yet off-campus their literacy lives may be avidly experienced and richly valued. This article investigates the layered literacies of student clients and writing center consultants on a rural, regional campus in an Appalachian county…
Descriptors: Reading Skills, Writing Skills, Literacy Education, College Students
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MacDonald, Michael T.; DeGenaro, William – Journal of Basic Writing, 2017
This essay describes the process of reassessing our BW program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in order to cultivate a more deliberate, transparent negotiation among stakeholders toward a "transcultural ethos." Informed by Bruce Horner's argument that leading-edge work on language and language difference can take place in BW, we…
Descriptors: Student Characteristics, Basic Writing, Writing Instruction, Language Usage
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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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Ostergaard, Lori; Allan, Elizabeth G. – Journal of Basic Writing, 2016
This article examines two course redesigns undertaken to improve student support, learning, and retention in the basic writing program at Oakland University, a doctoral research university in southeast Michigan, where support for developmental writers has fluctuated dramatically between nurture and neglect over the past fifty years. However,…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Writing Instruction, Remedial Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Melzer, Dan – Journal of Basic Writing, 2015
In this essay I conduct a Critical Discourse Analysis of the language surrounding the California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office latest plan to curb remediation, the Early Start program. I consider Early Start in the context of what I argue is the evolution of three major frameworks for Basic Writing in the CSU: the CSU Chancellor's…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Remedial Instruction, Basic Writing, Writing 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
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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
Lamos, Steve – Journal of Basic Writing, 2012
This essay looks to Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) for strategies that can be implemented in order to combat contemporary neoliberal attacks against the programmatic and institutional spaces of basic writing within Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs). Working from Nedra Reynolds' notion of thirdspace-oriented "dwelling"…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Institutional Characteristics, Disproportionate Representation, White Students
Molloy, Sean – Journal of Basic Writing, 2012
Mina Shaughnessy continues to exert powerful influences over Basic Writing practices, discourses and pedagogy thirty-five years after her death: Basic Writing remains in some ways trapped by Shaughnessy's legacy in what Min-Zhan Lu labeled as essentialism, accommodationism and linguistic innocence. High-stakes writing tests, a troubling hallmark…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Writing Tests, High Stakes Tests, Writing Instruction
Cleary, Michelle Navarre – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
Adult students are more anxious about writing for school, less familiar with academic conventions, and more likely to drop out than younger students. For students learning to move between personal, work, and academic discourse communities, the ongoing and explicit writing instruction argued for in the research of Sternglass, Herrington and Curtis,…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Adult Students, Writing Workshops, Writing Instruction
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