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The Elements of Teaching Writing: A Resource for Instructors in All Disciplines

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  21 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Drawing on their extensive experience training instructors in all disciplines to incorporate writing in their courses, Gottschalk and Hjortshoj provide time-saving strategies and practical guidance in this brief, well-written reference. Accommodating a wide range of teaching styles and class sizes, Elements offers reliable advice about how to design effective writing assig ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published December 24th 2003 by Bedford/St. Martin's
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I found this book fairly helpful and inspiring overall. It is clearly meant for college professors, but I found much of the material relevant to my high school classroom. The book went back and forth, essentially, between describing ways to motivate and inspire students to begin writing well and describing ways to revise, improve, and grade students writing that has been begun. I couldn't help but feel that, as a teacher, I am quite a ways "beyond" the motivational aspects of the book. The autho ...more
Amy Gonzalez
In April 2003, attention was called for a “writing revolution” in education. A report called the “The Neglected ‘R’: The Need for a Writing Revolution” by the National Commission on Writing in America’s Schools and Colleges, described their findings in which writing was being ignored in favor of other subjects. This was due to the fact that learning was still being seen as the ability to collect facts and writing was considered a separate, more formal way of establishing what one has learned. Ka ...more
This guide is comprehensive and does and excellent job synthesizing and presenting advice for (as its subtitle notes) instructors in ALL disciplines (capitalization mine). Though the authors note that their desire to generalize prevents them from providing as many specific examples of assignments as they might otherwise, they do a nice job culling the few examples that they do, as well as explaining how such examples might be modified depending on the type of course you are teaching. While much ...more
Olam Panox
i just wanna read this book, i need it
Not exactly exciting reading, but there is a lot of really good stuff here that I will definitely be using when I teach.
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