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In A New Writing Classroom, Patrick Sullivan provides a new generation of teachers a means and a rationale to reconceive their approach to teaching writing, calling into question the discipline's dependence on argument.

Including secondary writing teachers within his purview, Sullivan advocates a more diverse, exploratory, and flexible approach to writing activities in grades six through thirteen. A New Writing Classroom encourages teachers to pay more attention to research in learning theory, transfer of learning, international models for nurturing excellence in the classroom, and recent work in listening to teach students the sort of dialogic stance that leads to higher-order thinking and more sophisticated communication.

The conventional argumentative essay is often a simplistic form of argument, widely believed to be the most appropriate type of writing in English classes, but other kinds of writing may be more valuable to students and offer more important kinds of cognitive challenges. Focusing on listening and dispositions or "habits of mind” as central elements of this new composition pedagogy, A New Writing Classroom draws not just on composition studies but also on cognitive psychology, philosophy, learning theory, literature, and history, making an exciting and significant contribution to the field.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Introduction: Deep Structures
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part I: Listening
  2. pp. 9-10
  1. 1. The Simplistic Argumentative Essay
  2. pp. 11-23
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  1. 2. Cognitive Development and Learning Theory
  2. pp. 24-36
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  1. 3. “It is the Privilege of Wisdom to Listen”
  2. pp. 37-54
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  1. 4. Toward a Pedagogy of Listening
  2. pp. 55-79
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  1. 5. Teaching Listening and the Reflective Essay
  2. pp. 80-97
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  1. 6. Revolution
  2. pp. 98-118
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  1. Part II: Motivation
  2. pp. 119-120
  1. 7. “A Lifelong Aversion to Writing”: What If Writing Courses Emphasized Motivation?
  2. pp. 121-146
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  1. Part III: Habits of Mind
  2. pp. 147-148
  1. 8. Dispositional Characteristics
  2. pp. 149-164
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  1. 9. An Open Letter to First-Year High School Students (including a College Readiness Checklist)
  2. pp. 165-174
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 175-184
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  1. Appendix 1: Reading Guide for “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin
  2. pp. 185-192
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  1. Appendix 2: Reading Guide for “Patterns of Culture” Assignment
  2. pp. 193-199
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  1. Appendix 3: “Only Quotations” Reading Guide
  2. pp. 200-203
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  1. Appendix 4: Sample Self-Authorship Essay
  2. pp. 204-211
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  1. Appendix 5: Sample First-Year Composition “Patterns of Culture” Essay
  2. pp. 212-216
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 217-218
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  1. References
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  1. About the Author
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780874219449
Related ISBN
9780874219432
MARC Record
OCLC
894024948
Pages
223
Launched on MUSE
2014-10-29
Language
English
Open Access
No
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