Community Writing

Community Writing addresses you as an active and responsible citizen by
helping you to learn about writing within your own community experiences. “
Community” can mean any group that you identify with: a neighborhood, a school
, ...

Author: Paul S. Collins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135648435

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 216

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Community Writing: Researching Social Issues Through Composition employs a series of assignments that guide students to research and write about issues confronting their individual communities. Students start by identifying a community to which they belong and focusing on problems in it, and then analyze possible solutions, construct arguments for them, decide which are likely to succeed, and consider how to initiate action. This is a primary text for first-year composition courses, covering the basics of the writing process. The assignments are recursive. Short writing assignments in each chapter build up to longer papers. Each of the assignment questions is accompanied by a guide to thinking about and writing the assigned paper, followed by a short Focus On reading that provides a brief account of community activism, a media case study, or a notable success story. The longer papers are accompanied by in-class peer reading groups. Each successive peer reading attempts a higher level of conceptual critique. By working together throughout the semester, students create increasingly adept peer groups familiar with all stages of each other's research. The book is carefully structured, but there is plenty of "give" in it, allowing instructors to be flexible in adapting it to the needs of their students and courses. Community Writing: * is distinguished by pedagogy based on a collaborative, process-oriented, service learning approach that emphasizes media critique and field research on community issues chosen by individual students; * answers real student questions, such as: Where do I find articles on my topic? What if evidence contradicts my hypothesis? How do I know if a source is biased?; * is web-savvy--guides students into building their own Web sites, including a unique guide for critiquing the design and veracity of other people's websites; and * is media-savvy--topics include media monopolies, spin control, dumbing down, misleading statistics, the Freedom of Information Act, "crackpot" authors, political rhetoric, and fallacious argumentation.

Creative Writing in the Community

After several of these workshops, I felt that writers needed a larger venue than
just the classroom in which to share their ... We enter with common interests (in
reading and writing) and the shared experience of living in the same community,

Author: Terry Ann Thaxton

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441148667

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Creative Writing in the Community is the firstbook to focus on the practical side of creative writing. Connecting classroomexperiences to community-based projects, it prepares creative writing studentsfor teaching in schools, homeless centres, youth clubs and care homes. Each chapteris packed with easy-to-use resources including: specific lesson plans; case studies of students working with community groups; lists of suitable writing examples; "how to..." sections; examples and theoretical applications of creative writing pedagogy and techniques; reflection questions; writings by workshop participants. Enhanced by contributions from directors,students and teachers at successful public programs, Creative Writing in the Community is more than an essential guidefor students on creative writing courses and leaders of community-basedlearning programs; it is practical demonstration of the value of art insociety.

Service Learning and Writing Paving the Way for Literacy ies through Community Engagement

Afterword: Community. Writing. Pedagogies. in. the. Spirit. of. the. New. Mestiza.
Thomas. Deans. Abstract. This brief postscript considers several recurrent
themes in the previous chapters (reflection, multiple literacies, assessment,
diversity, ...

Author: Isabel Baca

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004248472

Category: Psychology

Page: 300

View: 419


Demonstrates how writing instruction and/or writing practice can complement community engagement and outreach at local, national, and international contexts. This title discusses service-learning as a teaching and learning method and its integration with writing.

The Writing Center Director s Resource Book

Whereas the community tends to accept without question that Salt Lake
Community College provides the Community Writing Center as a service to the
community. writing center directors from around the country make it their first
question at ...

Author: Christina Murphy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135600402

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 472

View: 103


The Writing Center Director's Resource Book has been developed to serve as a guide to writing center professionals in carrying out their various roles, duties, and responsibilities. It is a resource for those whose jobs not only encompass a wide range of tasks but also require a broad knowledge of multiple issues. The volume provides information on the most significant areas of writing center work that writing center professionals--both new and seasoned--are likely to encounter. It is structured for use in diverse institutional settings, providing both current knowledge as well as case studies of specific settings that represent the types of challenges and possible outcomes writing center professionals may experience. This blend of theory with actual practice provides a multi-dimensional view of writing center work. In the end, this book serves not only as a resource but also as a guide to future directions for the writing center, which will continue to evolve in response to a myriad of new challenges that will lie ahead.

Circulating Communities

Tiffany Rousculp, “Introduction” in Wisdom in Words: A publication of the
DiverseCity Writing Series (SLCC Community Writing Center, 2000), 1. 4. SLCC
Community Writing Center, “DiverseCity Writing Series Mission Statement” in
sine cera: ...

Author: Paula Mathieu

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739167106

Category: Education

Page: 223

View: 675


Circulating Communities: The Tactics and Strategies of Community Publishing, edited by Paula Mathieu, Steve Parks, and Tiffany Rousculp, represents the first attempt to gather the myriad of community and college publishing projects, providing not only history and analysis but extended samples of the community writing produced. Rather than feature only the voices of academic scholars, this collection features also the words of writing group participants, community organizers, literacy instructors, librarians, and stay-at-home parents as well. In libraries, community centers, prisons, and homeless shelters across the US and around the world, people not traditionally understood as writers regularly come together to write, offer feedback, revise, publish and most importantly circulate their words. The vast amount of literature that these community-publishing projects create has historically been overlooked by scholars of literature, journalism, and literacy. Over the past decade, however, higher education has moved outward, off campus and into the streets. Many of these efforts build from writing and publication projects that extend back over decades, are grassroots in nature, and are independent of college efforts. Circulating Communities offers a unique glimpse into how neighbor and scholar, teacher and activist, are using writing and publishing to improve the daily lives on the streets they call home."

A Community Writing Itself

Interviews about art and life with contemporary experimental American writers.

Author: Sarah Rosenthal

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9781564786203

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 420

View: 199


Interviews about art and life with contemporary experimental American writers.

Writing the Community

Community Service Writing: Problems, Challenges, Questions by Nora Bacon I
have a section in my file cabinet labeled "CSW Success Stories." In it are stored
testimonies gathered over seven years — teachers' reports, students' reflective ...

Author: Linda Adler-Kassner

Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

ISBN: 9781563770067

Category: Education

Page: 203

View: 807


This volume is part of a series of 18 monographs on service learning and the academic disciplines. These essays highlight some of the benefits and problems of service-learning in the college composition curriculum and present further areas for study. Following the Introduction, "Service-Learning and Composition at the Crossroads," by Linda Adler-Kassner, Robert Crooks, and Ann Watters, and an Introduction, "Service-Learning: Help for Higher Education in a New Millennium?" by Lillian Bridwell-Bowles, the essays are: "Writing across the Curriculum and Community Service Learning: Correspondences, Cautions, and Futures" (Tom Deans); "Community Service Writing: Problems, Challenges, Questions" (Nora Bacon); "Community Service and Critical Teaching" (Bruce Herzberg); "Rhetoric Made Real: Civic Discourse and Writing beyond the Curriculum" (Paul Heilker); "Democratic Conversations: Civic Literacy and Service-Learning in the American Grains" (David D. Cooper and Laura Julier); "Partners in Inquiry: A Logic for Community Outreach" (Linda Flower); "Service-Learning: Bridging the Gap between the Real World and the Composition Classroom" (Wade Dorman and Susann Fox Dorman); "Systems Thinking, Symbiosis, and Service: The Road to Authority for Basic Writers" (Rosemary L. Arca); "Combining the Classroom and the Community: Service-Learning in Composition at Arizona State University" (Gay W. Brack and Leanna R. Hall); "The Write for Your Life Project: Learning To Serve by Serving To Learn" (Patricia Lambert Stock and Janet Swenson); and "On Reflection: The Role of Logs and Journals in Service-Learning Courses" (Chris M. Anson). Appended are a 39-item annotated bibliography and a list of program descriptions by institution. (All papers contain references.) (SM)

Writing in Community

We want this book to be an invitation to join the writing community, to write in
community. We want to challenge you, inspire you, show you how to start a
writing group or improve the group you have. When we speak of a writing group,
we ...

Author: Lucy Adkins

Publisher: BQB Publishing

ISBN: 9781608080823

Category: Self-Help

Page: 197

View: 164


Writing in Community is a book of inspiration and encouragement for writers who want to reach deep within themselves and write to their fullest potential. There is magic in a successful writing group. This book helps writers tap into that magic, and with gentle wisdom and humor, experience unprecedented breakthroughs in creativity.

A Guide to Creating Student staffed Writing Centers Grades 6 12

In time , however , Dave and his writing center staff may decide to create a wide
variety of special activities and programs to serve their school and community .
As Peggy Silva taught us , such programming helps create a community of writers

Author: Richard Kent

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 082047889X

Category: Education

Page: 172

View: 886


Writing centers are places where writers work with each other in an effort to develop ideas, discover a thesis, overcome procrastination, create an outline, or revise a draft. Ultimately, writing centers help students become more effective writers. Visit any college or university in the United States and chances are there is a writing center available to students, staff, and community members. A Guide to Creating Student-Staffed Writing Centers, Grades 6-12 is a how-to and, ultimately, a why-to book for middle school and high school educators as well as for English/language arts teacher candidates and their methods instructors. Writing centers support students and their busy teachers while emphasizing and supporting writing across the curriculum.

Building a Writing Community

Bauer, Marian Dane. What's Your Story; A Young Person's Guide to Writing
Fiction. New York, NY: Clarion Books, 1992. Benjamin, Carol Lee. Writing for
Kids. New York, NY: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1985. Dubrovin, Vivian. Write Your Own

Author: Marcia Sheehan Freeman

Publisher: Maupin House Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 9780929895130

Category: Education

Page: 276

View: 300


Explains how to create the philosophical and physical environment needed to develop successful writing communities in which students learn, practice, and apply writing-craft skills.

Brain Friendly Strategies for Developing Student Writing Skills

Classroom: CommuNity. WritiNg. PartNers. The original project, called Parents as
Writing Partners, began in 1988. Back then most of my students lived with both
their parents. Over the years as society changed, I realized more and more of my

Author: Anne Hanson

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 9781452280448

Category: Education

Page: 200

View: 817


Aligned with core principles of effective instruction, this resource provides brain-compatible strategies, reflection questions, and cross-curricular writing activities to boost students' writing and achievement.

Writing Groups Inside and Outside the Classroom

metaphor legitimizes the role of conflict and difference in literacy communities.
What makes this SCWW community writing group a particularly interestingcontact
zoneisthatit exists outside the hierarchical power structures ofthe university.

Author: Beverly J. Moss

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135620073

Category: Education

Page: 284

View: 697


This unique collection considers the nature of writing groups inside and outside the academic environment. Exploring writing groups as contextual literacy events, editors Beverly J. Moss, Nels P. Highberg, and Melissa Nicolas bring together contributors to document and reflect on the various types of collaborations that occur in writing groups in a wide range of settings, both within and outside the academy. The chapters in this volume respond to a variety of questions about writing groups, including: *What is the impact of gender, race, and socioeconomic class on power dynamics in writing groups? *When is a writing group a community and are all writing groups communities? *How does the local community of a writing group impact the participation of group members in other local or global communities? *How does the local community of a writing group impact the participation of group members in other local or global communities? *What actions contribute to a strong community of writers and what actions contribute to the breakdown of community? *When and for whom are writing groups ineffective? *What is it about belonging to a community of writers that makes writing groups appealing to so many within and beyond the academy? Each chapter highlights how writing groups, whether or not they are labeled as such, function in various spaces and locations, and how collaboration works when writers from a variety of backgrounds with diverse interests come together. Writing Groups Inside and Outside the Classroom illustrates that writing groups outside of the academy are worthy of study and serve as important sites of writing and literacy instruction. Offering significant insights into the roles of writing groups in literacy and writing practice, this volume is appropriate for scholars and teachers of writing, rhetoric, composition, and literacy; for writing center administrators and staff; and for writing group participants.

British Women Poets and the Romantic Writing Community

... works opened up wholly new vistas on the landscape of the diverse and
dynamic writing community that existed in the British Isles between the outbreak
of the war with the American colonies and the accession of the youthful Queen

Author: Stephen C. Behrendt

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801895081

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

View: 722


This study will be a key resource for scholars, teachers, and students in British literary studies, women’s studies, and cultural history.

Writing in a Community of Practice

There Inkshedders across Canada happily offered their insights into such matters
as the difference between writing instruction in the United States and Canada,
plagiarism, and writing centres in Canada (including their history, development, ...

Author: Miriam E. Horne

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 9781466941922

Category: Education

Page: 204

View: 355


The role of writing in building community is an important topic. This book moves us through that process by describing the journey into the fold of a particular writing community. While it may be helpful to describe community membership as a typical journey, it is nonetheless important to interrogate this journey of belonging through examining the specific nature of one such community. Given that both the nature of collaborative writing and community practices are situated, the journey itself is also situated practice. The writing community described in this text is Inkshed, an academic collaborative that has existed over twenty-five years at the publication of this text. What is Inkshed? It is the nickname of the Canadian Association for the Study of Language and Learning (CASLL), an organization that has the purpose of exploring relationships among research, theory, and practice in language acquisition and language use, particularly in the Canadian context. Inkshed has a website, LISTSERV, publication group, and annual meetings. The membership is a mixture of mainly Canadian academics and professional writers from across the provinces and territories. Regional members organize a yearly conference. For these conferences, members are provided with a guiding theme that creates a common thread for member presentations. Following and often during presentations at each one of these conferences, a special type of sharing takes place: members write responses to each of the presentations; they literally shed ink on the presentations and then place these response writings on conference tables for others to read and engage in further writing, responses to the responses. Writings in response to the speakers are then gathered together by a team of conference organizers, edited and distributed so that all members, including the presenters, can read the written responses of their community throughout the duration of the conference. As the technology has become available, some responses have been posted online. This writing-in-community response was a forerunner of the current social networks, which became an inevitable consequence of writing collectives online such as Wikis, Twitter, online letters to the editor, fan fiction, or Facebook. Inkshedders have always described this conference as a working conference and described the collaborative nature of their responses in writing as a far deeper experience than merely listening to a speaker and/or asking questions at the end of a session. The audience is purposefully engaged. The investment of self is personal. In this text, Miriam Horne has addressed the nature of this deeper experience. She notes that it is a risk-taking venture and that the feeling of membership goes beyond paying fees to belong. Inkshedders must pay their dues in other ways toward full membership. Legitimate peripheral participation (LPP), as introduced by Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger, is only the beginning. Horne's book provides insight into knowledge about membership and invites us to think about our own and other communities of membership such as school classrooms, Web 2.0, churches, and clubs. We see that peripheral participation is an important and tenuous aspect of membership and that success in this outside margin is important to the nature of how one sees oneself later, on the inside of membership. Horne's interrogation of what it means to become an Inkshedder allows us to interrogate the meaning of membership through collaborative writing, and determine what it really means to become part of a community. The book describes a personal journey into academic writing in community and is a good read for anyone who aspires to that destination.

Literacy Language and Community Publishing

3 Working With Words : Active Learning in a Community Writing and Publishing
Group - - - - - - - MICHAEL HAYLER ... based community publishing project , is
one of about 50 member groups of the British Federation of Worker Writers and ...

Author: Jane Mace

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 1853592803

Category: Education

Page: 204

View: 441


The purpose of this collection is to contribute to views and policies about adult literacy. From a range of experiences in adult literacy, language education and community publishing, each contributor draws on the practical business of working for good quality learning and development opportunities. Each chapter describes a particular context or site in which writing takes place, such as adult language classes; each author then explores relevant issues, such as blocks to writing and each then asserts features from experience which constituted good practice. The chapters are grouped into three sections, broadly addressing three themes common to writing development with adults both in educational settings and in the context of community writing and publishing groups.

Word for Word Writing for Self Discovery Spiritual Renewal and Community Building

13 In the writing classes led by the Rev. Rankin, as well as in those led by myself
and others, several common theological themes have emerged in the explication
of one's life journey. These themes include: the changing concept of the Sacred ...

Author: Robin L., MDiv Zucker


ISBN: 9780557287321


Page: 82

View: 813


An exploration of the traditions and benefits of expressive and spiritual writing with a minister in a congregational setting. A complete five-week curriculum included.

Writing Signs

Community. For some five hundred years before the Fatimid public text first
appeared, officially sponsored writing was used throughout the eastern
Mediterranean to address group audiences. The archaeological remains from the
time of the ...

Author: Irene A. Bierman

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520918789

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 247

View: 749


Irene Bierman explores the complex relationship between alphabet and language as well as the ways the two elements are socially defined by time and place. She focuses her exploration on the Eastern Mediterranean in the sixth through twelfth centuries, notably Cairo's Fatimid dynasty of 969-1171. Examining the inscriptions on Fatimid architecture and textiles, Bierman offers insight into all elements of that society, from religion to the economy, and the enormous changes the dynasty underwent during that period. Bierman addresses fundamental issues of what buildings mean, how inscriptions affect that meaning, and the role of written messages and the ceremonies into which they are incorporated in service of propagandist goals. Her method and conclusions provide a pioneering model for studying public writing in other societies and offer powerful evidence to show that writing is a highly charged and deeply embedded social practice.

Building a Community of Writers

Writers Are as Writers Do A MATERIALSMATERIALS • bulletin board or chart
paper Teach children the following poem. Have children chant this poem every
morning to remind them about the importance of writing. Display the poem on an

Author: Kim Cernek

Publisher: Creative Teaching Press

ISBN: 9781591983767

Category: Education

Page: 96

View: 899


"Featuring: writer's workshop teaching techniques ; activities directly linked to writing standards."--Cover.

A Community of Writers

George Cram Cook, the eccentric poet and offbeat teacher — and former
member of the Tabard writing club — probably deserves the honor of offering the
first creative writing course at Iowa. In the spring of 1896, he offered a "Verse-
making ...

Author: Robert Dana

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 0877456682

Category: Education

Page: 294

View: 724


"We do not pretend to have produced the writers included in this book. Their talent was inevitably shaped by the genes rattling in ancestral closets. We did give them a community in which to try out the quality of their gift.".

Writing Women s Communities

1 Introduction Writing across Communities What is more is that identity is always
in part a narrative, always in part a kind of representation. It is always within
representation. Identity is not something which is formed outside and then we tell

Author: Cynthia G. Franklin

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 0299156036

Category: Social Science

Page: 278

View: 945


Beginning in the 1980s, a number of popular and influential anthologies organized around themes of shared identity—Nice Jewish Girls, This Bridge Called My Back, Home Girls, and others—have brought together women’s fiction and poetry with journal entries, personal narratives, and transcribed conversations. These groundbreaking multi-genre anthologies, Cynthia G. Franklin demonstrates, have played a crucial role in shaping current literary studies, in defining cultural and political movements, and in building connections between academic and other communities. Exploring intersections and alliances across the often competing categories of race, class, gender, and sexuality, Writing Women’s Communities contributes to current public debates about multiculturalism, feminism, identity politics, the academy as a site of political activism, and the relationship between literature and politics.