National Writing Project

The Quarterly

Vol. 19, No. 1, 1997

Book Excerpt: Meeting the Challenges: Stories from Today's Classrooms, ed. Barbier & Tateishi
By Nick D'Allessandro
D'Allessandro reflects on the value of students writing informally to one another....

Co-Authoring with Jim Moffett
By Betty Jane Wagner

Ebonics Ain't the Answer
By Patricia Smith
Smith argues for the primacy of Standard English in the schools....

Ebonics and All That Jazz: Cutting Through the Politics of Linguistics, Education, and Race
By Michele Foster
Foster reviews the linguistic history of Ebonics, discusses instructional approaches for promoting facility with standard American English while honoring the tradition of Ebonics, and reflects on the politics surrounding the Ebonics issue....

Ebonics, or Language as a Class and Status Marker
By Maurice Englander
Englander dismisses the Ebonics critics by arguing "The only important question about a student's language is this: Can he say what he needs to say and be understood by the person he's speaking with?"....

Jim Moffett: 1929-1996: An Appreciation
By James Gray

The Red and the Black
By Laurie Bottoms
The writer expresses her enthusiasm for yearbook writing—messages that reflect many types and kinds of writing—as a genre directed at a real audience....

What the Children Convey: On Matters of Time, Talk and Ebonics
By Anne Haas Dyson

What's in a Name? That by Which We Call the Linguistic Consequences of the African Slave Trade
By John Baugh

Worth a Thousand Words
By Stephen Marcus
Marcus makes a case that photographs and photography can advance the teaching and learning of writing for both students and teachers....

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