Synopses & Reviews
From answering the question "Why teach writing?" to offering guidance in managing group work and responding to assignments, this remarkably successful text provides a comprehensive introduction to the teaching of writing. Now updated to incorporate the latest developments in the field, A Rhetoric for Writing Teachers describes in straightforward terms the cross-disciplinary scholarship that has reinvigorated composition teaching. Reflecting current views of writing as social interaction, this edition emphasizes workshops, collaborative learning, and holistic evaluation. Chapters on prewriting techniques, organizing material, paragraphing, sentence structure, words, and revising describe how the teacher can guide students through composing, while sections on rhetoric, cognition, and linguistics discuss theoretical principles that support classroom practices and make the teacher's performance effective. Treating both the theory and practice of writing, the author encourages teachers to adopt the methods that best meet their students' needs and to develop a style of teaching informed by knowledgeable decisions. Over forty percent of the text's material is new to this edition, offering composition scholars a broad range of techniques to encourage and motivate their students. Complete with an updated bibliography and a table of important dates in the history of composition, this classic work offers both prospective and seasoned writing teachers convenient access to recent scholarship in the field and inspires them to examine what it means to teach well.
"An excellent text with practical, useful suggestions for teaching writing."--Brenda Ameter, Troy State University
"I have used this book before and I find the Third Edition a must as a resource text for those who teach writing and composition. It has a comfortable balance of theoretical and practical discussions."--Sandra Jackson, DePaul University
"Erika Lindemann should include a subtitle: "...or, What Every Writing Teacher Should Know". Lindemann's book is admirable in its scope and accessibility for neophytes. I'm going to suggest that it becomes required reading for all of our TA's."--Ross Winterowd, University of Southern California
"An excellent book for beginning teachers or TA's who want a concise introduction to theory and practice in composition studies."--Bennett A. Rafoth, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
"The third edition is even better than expected....[T]he earlier editions worked very well in my methods classes. I look forward to teaching this edition."--Duane Roe, Arizona State University
Includes bibliographical references (p. 283-300) and index.
Table of Contents
1 THE COMPOSING PROCESS.
1. Why Teach Writing?
Writing as Economic Power
Writing as Social Necessity
Writing as Knowing
The Humanistic Perspective
An Overview of This Book
2. What Is Writing?
Summary and Applications
3. What Does the Process Involve?
What Experience Tells Us
Published Accounts of the Process
Writing as Social Interaction
2 RHETORICAL THEORY AND PRACTICE.
4 What Do Teachers Need to Know about Rhetoric?.
What Is Rhetoric?
Medieval and Renaissance Rhetoric
The Renaissance to the Twentieth Century
5. What Do Teachers Need to Know about Linguistics?
Writing and Speech
The Nature of Language
Grammar and Usage
Approaches to Grammar
Th Association Model
6. What Do Teachers Need to Know about Cognition?
7. Prewriting Techniques
Brainstorming and Clustering
8. Shaping Discourse
Discovering for Teaching Form
Strategies for Teaching Form
9. Teaching Paragraphing
Traditional Views of the Paragraph
How Writers Paragraph
Relating Part to Whole
Generative Rhetoric of the Paragraph
A Sequence of Lessons
10. Teaching about Sentences
11. Teaching about Words
Parts of Speech
Active and Passive Voice
Derivational and Inflectional Affixes
Suggestions for Teaching Students about Language
12. Teaching Rewriting
Writing Strategies Applied to Rewriting: Finding the Subject
Rewriting: Finding the Shape of Discourse
Rewriting: Finding Relationships in Paragraphs
Rewriting: Finding Sentence Problems
3 TEACHING AS RHETORIC.
13. Developing Writing Assignments
Defining a Rhetorical Problem
14. Responding to Student Writing
The Basics and Testing
Describing, Measuring, Judging
Teaching through Comments
Handling the Paper Load
15. Designing Writing Courses
Teaching as Rhetoric
General Principles of Course Design
Active and Collaborative Learning
The Teaching Performance
Some Important Dates in the History of Composition
A Selected Bibliography
List of Works Consulted