Why Johnny Can t Write

The authors of this book, both experienced teachers, examine the controversy surrounding two popular methods for teaching writing -- the "process" approach and its offspring, Writing Across the Curriculum.

Author: Myra J. Linden

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136472176

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 136

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The authors of this book, both experienced teachers, examine the controversy surrounding two popular methods for teaching writing -- the "process" approach and its offspring, Writing Across the Curriculum. Both have recently been called into question for their ineffectiveness. An alternative lesser-known procedure called "sentence combining," which has been proven successful in numerous studies over the past fifteen years, finally is gaining the attention it deserves. Using the sentence combining approach, the authors present a rationale for re-thinking and re-tooling the English classroom and consequently making the entire educational system work more effectively. This book is useful for teachers at any level, especially those involved in writing instruction. It is also worthwhile reading for those wishing to improve their writing skills. Doing the sample exercises will strengthen writing skills and provide a solid foundation for a lifelong program of language growth.

Why Johnny Can t Read

The classic book on phonics--the method of teaching recommended by the U.S. Department of Education. Contains complete materials and instructions on teaching children to read at home.

Author: Rudolf Flesch

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062122797

Category: Education

Page: 240

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The classic book on phonics--the method of teaching recommended by the U.S. Department of Education. Contains complete materials and instructions on teaching children to read at home.

Why They Can t Write

Johnny. 3. Could. Never. Write. Depending on whom you talk to, ... The December 1975 cover of Newsweek declared, “Why Johnny Can't Write,” a reference to ...

Author: John Warner

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

ISBN: 9781421427102

Category: Education

Page: 288

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Combining current knowledge of what works in teaching and learning with the most enduring philosophies of classical education, this book challenges readers to develop the skills, attitudes, knowledge, and habits of mind of strong writers.

Bad Language

He also cited linguists' views (on speech versus writing) and the qualifications of teachers as factors. 2. Thomas Bartlett, “Why Johnny Can't Write, ...

Author: Edwin Battistella

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199721416

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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Is today's language at an all-time low? Are pronunciations like cawfee and chawklit bad English? Is slang like my bad or hook up improper? Is it incorrect to mix English and Spanish, as in Yo quiero Taco Bell? Can you write Who do you trust? rather than Whom do you trust? Linguist Edwin Battistella takes a hard look at traditional notions of bad language, arguing that they are often based in sterile conventionality. Examining grammar and style, cursing, slang, and political correctness, regional and ethnic dialects, and foreign accents and language mixing, Battistella discusses the strong feelings evoked by language variation, from objections to the pronunciation NU-cu-lar to complaints about bilingual education. He explains the natural desire for uniformity in writing and speaking and traces the association of mainstream norms to ideas about refinement, intelligence, education, character, national unity and political values. Battistella argues that none of these qualities is inherently connected to language. It is tempting but wrong, Battistella argues, to think of slang, dialects and nonstandard grammar as simply breaking the rules of good English. Instead, we should view language as made up of alternative forms of orderliness adopted by speakers depending on their purpose. Thus we can study the structure and context of nonstandard language in order to illuminate and enrich traditional forms of language, and make policy decisions based on an informed engagement. Re-examining longstanding and heated debates, Bad Language will appeal to a wide spectrum of readers engaged and interested in the debate over what constitutes proper language.

Learning and Learning Difficulties

Cavey, D.W. (2000) Dysgraphia: Why Johnny can't write (3rd edn) Austin, TX: ProEd. Chapman, C. & King, R. (2003). Differentiated instructional strategies ...

Author: Peter S. Westwood

Publisher: Aust Council for Ed Research

ISBN: 9780864317698

Category: Education

Page: 180

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The book explores a number of different perspectives and theories on human learning and motivation. The author examines different types of learning across the curriculum and assesses the most effective types of teaching to facilitate different forms of learning. By examining the way readers process text and identifying the knowledge and skills needed to become a proficient reader, the author explains why learning problems can sometimes occur and what can be done to prevent or overcome these difficulties.

Computers and the Teaching of Writing in American Higher Education 1979 1994

Newsweek titled "Why Johnny Can't Write." Ringing a change on Rudolph Flesch's (1955) Why Johnny Can't Read, this article both voiced and created an ...

Author: Gail E. Hawisher

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781567502527

Category: Education

Page: 363

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This book is a history composed of histories. Its particular focus is the way in which computers entered and changed the field of composition studies, a field that defines itself both as a research community and as a community of teachers. This may have a somewhat sinister suggestion that technology alone has agency, but this history (made of histories) is not principally about computers. It is about people-the teachers and scholars who have adapted the computer to their personal and professional purposes. From the authors' perspectives, change in technology drives changes in the ways we live and work, and we, agents to a degree in control of our own lives, use technology to achieve our human purposes. REVIEW: . . . This book reminds those of us now using computers to teach writing where we have been, and it brings those who are just entering the field up to date. More important, it will inform administrators, curriculum specialists, and others responsible for implementing the future uses of technology in writing instruction. - Computers and Composition

Why Johnny Can t Tell Right from Wrong

An analysis of why American schools fail to provide a moral education argues that the new decision-making-based educational theory fails to teach values

Author: William Kilpatrick

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780671870737

Category: Education

Page: 368

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An analysis of why American schools fail to provide a moral education argues that the new decision-making-based educational theory fails to teach values

Developing Strategic Writers through Genre Instruction

Why Newsweek can't tell us why Johnny can't write. ... Retrieved from http://disdblog.com/wpcontent/uploads/2012/12/sheils_johnnycantwrite.pdf. TamuCLiC.

Author: Zoi A. Philippakos

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 9781462520343

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 260

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This highly practical guide offers a systematic approach to instruction in the three main writing genres--narrative, persuasive, and informative--that students in grades 3–5 are expected to master. Ready-to-use lesson plans and materials are grounded in research on strategy instruction and self-regulated learning, and connect with learning standards. Presented are ways to teach students strategies for planning, drafting, evaluating, revising, editing, and publishing writing in each genre, while making connections between reading and writing. Sixty-four reproducible planning forms and student handouts are provided; the large-size format facilitates photocopying. The Appendix contains a Study Guide to support professional learning. Purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials. See also the authors' Developing Strategic Young Writers through Genre Instruction: Resources for Grades K–2.

Demythologizing Language Difference in the Academy

Establishing Discipline-Based Writing Programs Mark Waldo ... dramatic force—the publishing of “Why Johnny Can't Write” in Newsweek on December 8, 1975.

Author: Mark Waldo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135704506

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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In this volume, Mark Waldo argues that writing across the curriculum (WAC) programs should be housed in writing centers and explains an innovative approach to enhancing their effectiveness: focus WAC on the writing agendas of the disciplines. He asserts that WAC operation should reflect an academy characterized by multiple language communities--each with contextualized values, purposes, and forms for writing, and no single community's values superior to another's. Starting off with an examination of the core issue, that WAC should be promoting learning to write in the disciplines instead of writing to learn, Waldo proposes: *housing WAC in comprehensive writing centers independent of any other department; *using dialogue and inquiry rather than prescriptive techniques in the WAC program's interaction with faculty in other disciplines; and *phasing out writing assessment that depends on one test measuring the writing abilities of students from all disciplines. In the process of making his case, Waldo discusses tutor training, faculty consultancy, and multilayered assessment programs. In addition to presenting the theoretical and practical advantages of discipline-based WAC programs, he also offers clear and compelling evidence from his own institution that supports the success of this approach to writing instruction. Demythologizing Language Difference in the Academy: Establishing Discipline-Based Writing Programs will be of interest to writing program and WAC administrators; writing center administrators; graduate students studying composition; and educators and graduate students involved in WAC initiatives, research, and study.

Technofeminist Storiographies

While Newsweek's 1975 “Why Johnny Can't Write” articulated a literacy crisis in which the lack of writing skills on the part of college students before they ...

Author: Kristine L. Blair

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781498593045

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 160

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This book recovers both historical and contemporary accounts of women’s lived experiences of technology, from Ada Lovelace and Hedy Lamarr to women working in the tech industry today, juxtaposing those stories with larger cultural representations of women and technology.

The Internationalization of US Writing Programs

And while such changes may bring about anxiety and sometimes even a sense of crisis (as was the case with the publication of Why Johnny Can't Read by ...

Author: Shirley K. Rose

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

ISBN: 9781607326762

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 284

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The Internationalization of US Writing Programs illuminates the role writing programs and WPAs play in defining goals, curriculum, placement, assessment, faculty development, and instruction for international student populations. The volume offers multiple theoretical approaches to the work of writing programs and illustrates a wide range of well-planned writing program–based empirical research projects. As of 2016, over 425,000 international students were enrolled as undergraduates in US colleges and universities, part of a decade-long trend of increasing numbers of international students coming to the United States for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Writing program administrators and writing teachers across the country are beginning to recognize this changing demographic as a useful catalyst for change in writing programs, which are tasked with preparing all students, regardless of initial level of English proficiency, for academic and professional writing. The Internationalization of US Writing Programs is the first collection to focus specifically on this crucial aspect of the roles and responsibilities of WPAs, who are leading efforts to provide all students on their campuses, regardless of nationality or first language, with competencies in writing that will serve them in the academy and beyond. Contributors: Jonathan Benda, Michael Dedek, Christiane Donahue, Chris W. Gallagher, Kristi Girdharry, Tarez Samra Graban, Jennifer E. Haan, Paula Harrington, Yu-Kyung Kang, Neal Lerner, David S. Martins, Paul Kei Matsuda, Heidi A. McKee, Libby Miles, Susan Miller-Cochran, Matt Noonan, Katherine Daily O’Meara, Carolina Pelaez-Morales, Stacey Sheriff, Gail Shuck, Christine M. Tardy, Stanley Van Horn, Daniel Wilber, Margaret Willard-Traub

Why Johnny Can t Brand

What we recommend is that you write out a specialty statement for each one using the simple format set forth below and test those . We'll talk about testing ...

Author: Bill Schley


ISBN: IND:30000102953548

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 222

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Too many companies think that splashy advertising and cool packaging is the same thing as branding. Marketers talk about brand charisma or brand warfare, spend millions on entertaining ads starring dancing chimpanzees or cowboys herding cats, but fail to differentiate their product or give consumers a real reason to pay attention. Then they wonder why their campaigns fail. This in-your-face, down-to-earth guide explains real branding: the process of creating an exclusive idea of value that consumers can trust you to deliver consistently. It offers a unique eight-week program that can help any company create a #1 brand by focusing on the one big idea that will make people really want your product or service. The same principles apply to Ford Motor Company and Frankie s Lawn & Garden shop. Schley and Nichols teach readers how to: abandon their precious lists of features and benefits focus on a simple, singular message distill a killer dominant selling idea roll out a new brand identity For anyone who wants to harness the true power of branding, this enjoyable book is the place to start.

Rational Readings on Environmental Concerns

... Why Johnny Can't Read in 1955 , we have heard a lot about Johnny ... Not only can Johnny not read , he also can't write . Johnny can't spell ...

Author: Jay H. Lehr

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0471284858

Category: Science

Page: 860

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"...the 'proof' of man's destruction of the environment isconsistently flawed.... the scientific method is being abused andignored. The errors are not random, however, but are systematicallybiased toward attempting to prove the guilt of man in the allegeddestruction of the planet. Objective science is disappearing and isbeing replaced by the pursuit of a philosophical agenda." --Richard F. Sanford in Environmentalism and theAssault on Reason Chapter 1 "The public has numerous misconceptions about the relationshipbetween environmental pollution and human cancer. Underlying thesemisconceptions is an erroneous belief that nature is benign." --Bruce N. Ames, Ph.D. and Lois Swirsky Gold, Ph.D inEnvironmental Pollution and Cancer: Some Misconceptions Chapter7 "Greenhouse gases have been increasing in the atmosphere,largely as a result of human activities. However, the climaterecord does not show the temperature increase and other telltalesigns of the expected greenhouse effect. The mathematical modelsused for predicting such effects are evidently not complete enoughto encompass all of the relevant physical processes in theatmosphere, thus throwing grave doubt on the drastic warminghypothesized for the next century." --S. Fred Singer in Global Climate Change: Facts andFiction Chapter 13 "...There is now no prima-facie case for any expensive policy ofsafeguarding species without more extensive analysis than has sofar been done." --Julian L. Simon in Disappearing Species,Deforestation and Data Chapter 26

Economies of Writing

“Constructing Teacher Identity in the Basic Writing Classroom. ... “Activity Theory and Its Implications for Writing Instruction. ... Ryan, Johnny. 2010.

Author: Bruce Horner

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

ISBN: 9781607325239

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 317

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Economies of Writing advances scholarship on political economies of writing and writing instruction, considering them in terms of course subject, pedagogy, technology, and social practice. Taking the "economic" as a necessary point of departure and contention for the field, the collection insists that writing concerns are inevitably participants in political markets in their consideration of forms of valuation, production, and circulation of knowledge with labor and with capital. Approaching the economic as plural, contingent, and political, chapters explore complex forces shaping the production and valuation of literacies, languages, identities, and institutions and consider their implications for composition scholarship, teaching, administration, and public rhetorics. Chapters engage a range of issues, including knowledge transfer, cyberpublics, graduate writing courses, and internationalized web domains. Economies of Writing challenges dominant ideologies of writing, writing skills, writing assessment, language, writing technology, and public rhetoric by revealing the complex and shifting valuations of writing practices as they circulate within and across different economies. The volume is a significant contribution to rhetoric and composition’s understanding of and ways to address its seemingly perennial unease about its own work. Contributors: Anis Bawarshi, Deborah Brandt, Jenn Fishman, T. R. Johnson, Jay Jordan, Kacie Kiser, Steve Lamos, Donna LeCourt, Rebecca Lorimer Leonard, Samantha Looker, Katie Malcolm, Paul Kei Matsuda, Joan Mullin, Jason Peters, Christian J. Pulver, Kelly Ritter, Phyllis Mentzell Ryder, Tony Scott, Scott Wible, Yuching Jill Yang, James T. Zebroski

Naming What We Know

Threshold Concepts of Writing Studies Linda Adler-Kassner, ... From Why Johnny Can't Read (Flesch 1955), published in 1955, to “Why Johnny Can't Write ...

Author: Linda Adler-Kassner

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

ISBN: 9780874219906

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Naming What We Know examines the core principles of knowledge in the discipline of writing studies using the lens of “threshold concepts”—concepts that are critical for epistemological participation in a discipline. The first part of the book defines and describes thirty-seven threshold concepts of the discipline in entries written by some of the field’s most active researchers and teachers, all of whom participated in a collaborative wiki discussion guided by the editors. These entries are clear and accessible, written for an audience of writing scholars, students, and colleagues in other disciplines and policy makers outside the academy. Contributors describe the conceptual background of the field and the principles that run throughout practice, whether in research, teaching, assessment, or public work around writing. Chapters in the second part of the book describe the benefits and challenges of using threshold concepts in specific sites—first-year writing programs, WAC/WID programs, writing centers, writing majors—and for professional development to present this framework in action. Naming What We Know opens a dialogue about the concepts that writing scholars and teachers agree are critical and about why those concepts should and do matter to people outside the field.