Writing about Writing
Fifth EditionElizabeth Wardle; Doug Downs©2023
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Wardle and Downs’ Writing about Writing helps you question their assumptions about writing and engage with “threshold concepts”—central ideas that writers need to understand in order to progress.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Investigating Writing: Threshold Concepts and Transfer
Chapter 2: Readers, Writers, and Texts: Understanding Genre and Rhetorical Reading
Chapter 3: Research: Participating in Conversational Inquiry about Writing
Chapter 4: Composing
Anne Lamott, Shitty First Drafts
Sondra Perl, The Composing Processes of Unskilled College Writers
Nancy Sommers, Revision Strategies of Student Writers and Experienced Adult Writers
Mike Rose, Rigid Rules, Inflexible Plans, and the Stifling of Language: A Cognitivist Analysis of Writer’s Block
John R. Gallagher, Considering the Comments: Theorizing Online Audiences as Emergent Processes
Teresa Thonney, Teaching the Conventions of Academic Discourse
Richard Straub, Responding — Really Responding — to Other Students’ Writing
Jaydelle Celestine, Did I Create the Process? Or Did the Process Create Me? [first-year student text]
Brittany Halley, Materiality Matters: How Human Bodies and Writing Technologies Impact the Composing Process [student text]
Chapter 5: Literacies
Deborah Brandt, Sponsors of Literacy
Malcolm X, Learning to Read
Victor Villanueva, Excerpt from Bootstraps: From an American Academic of Color
Arturo Tejada Jr., Esther Gutierrez, Brisa Galindo, DeShonna Wallace, and Sonia Castaneda, Challenging Our Labels: Rejecting the Language of Remediation [first-year student text]
Vershawn Ashanti Young, Should Writers Use They Own English?
Julie Wan, Chinks in My Armor: Reclaiming One’s Voice [first-year student text]
Chapter 6: Rhetoric
Doug Downs, Rhetoric: Making Sense of Human Interaction and Meaning-Making
Maulana Karenga, Nommo, Kawaida and Communicative Practice: Bringing Good into the World
Rebecca Lorimer Leonard, Multilingual Writing as Rhetorical Attunement
Paul Heilker and Jason King, The Rhetorics of Online Autism Advocacy: A Case for Rhetorical Listening
Kelly Medina-López, Pardon My Acento: Racioalphabetic Ideologies and Rhetorical
Recovery through Alternative Writing Systems
Resa Crane Bizzaro, Shooting Our Last Arrow: Developing a Rhetoric of Identity for Unenrolled American Indians
Heather Yarrish, White Protests, Black Riots: Racialized Representation in American Media [student text]
Chapter 7: Communities
James Paul Gee, Literacy, Discourse, and Linguistics: Introduction
John Swales, Reflections on the Concept of Discourse Community
James E. Porter, Intertextuality and the Discourse Community
Sean Branick, Coaches Can Read, Too: An Ethnographic Study of a Football Coaching Discourse Community [first-year student text]
Tony Mirabelli, Learning to Serve: The Language and Literacy of Food Service Workers
Perri Klass, Learning the Language
Elizabeth Wardle, Identity, Authority, and Learning to Write in New Workplaces
Elizabeth Wardle and Nicolette Mercer Clement, Double Binds and Consequential Transitions: Considering Matters of Identity During Moments of Rhetorical Challenge
Lidia Cooey-Hurtado, Danielle Tan, and Breagh Kobayashi, Rhetoric Deployed in the Communication Between the National Energy Board and Aboriginal Communities in the Case of the Trans Mountain Pipeline [student text]