National Writing Project

The Quarterly

Vol. 22, No. 1, 2000

Behind Their Backs: Proximity and Insult in Student Response
By Roger Green

Book Reviews: One Size Fits Few, by Susan Ohanian, and Defending Access, by Tom Fox
By Jayne Marlink

Do Workshops Work?
By Kathleen O'Shaughnessy
O'Shaughnessy cuts to the quick of workshop presentation: It isn't about another "big fat handout" but about helping teachers find their own way—"the essence of teacher empowerment....

Imaginary Gardens and Real Issues: Improving Language Arts in the Urban Elementary School
By Joe Check
Using the form of a hypothetical narrative, Check argues that improved literacy instruction is inextricably linked to improved schools, and that the NWP is an ideal vehicle for helping urban schools build needed exemplary contexts....

Note-Taking and Note-Making in Freshman Composition
By Mark Farrington
Teaching writing in a college class linked to a psychology course, Farrington discovers that by requiring students to read the text before they attend the lecture he can convert them from "note-takers" to "note-makers....

See You Next Year: The Writing Process in the Looping Classroom
By Alisa Daniel
Daniel recommends a classroom configuration that allows writing teachers to keep early grade students for two years—better to build on what they have learned as well as to create classroom community....

Taking Out the Furniture, or What's Obvious: Lessons from the Literature Institute for Teachers
By Marjorie Roemer

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