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Teaching Writing - Genre - General

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Writing Outside Your Comfort Zone: Helping Students Navigate Unfamiliar Genres

January 2011
Cathy Fleischer, Sarah Andrew-Vaughan
Cathy Fleischer and Sarah Andrew-Vaughan, teacher-consultants with the Eastern Michigan Writing Project, show how immersing students in one genre that they aren't familiar with helps them understand the concept of genre in general and strengthens their reading and writing. More ›

Book Review: Genre Theory: Teaching, Writing, and Being by Deborah Dean

October 2009
Tom Fox
Deborah Dean, director of the Central Utah Writing Project, shows how exploring genre theory can help teachers energize their classroom practices—and help students understand their language and texts in social interactions that constitute genres. More ›

Using Genre in the Social Studies Classroom

April 2008
Keri E. Scheidel
In this chapter from Writing Intention: Prompting Professional Learning through Student Work, Kari Scheidel, who is with the Lake Michigan Writing Project, discusses how she immerses her students in the study of American history by introducing them to writing in genres such as plays, news articles, and brochures. More ›

How to Start a Novel? Write the Whole Thing in a Month

August 2008
Grant Faulkner
Lynn Jacobs, a teacher–consultant with the Northern California Writing Project, leapt into National Novel Writing Month in 2007 to fulfill her lifelong dream of writing a novel. The experience informed not only her writing process, but her teaching as well. More ›

The Writing Classroom as a Laboratory for Democracy: An Interview with Don Rothman

Higher Education Exchange, 2005
David Brown, coeditor of the Higher Education Exchange, interviews Don Rothman, former director of the Central California Writing Project, who for more than 30 years taught writing "as if the world depended on it." More ›

Linking Genre to Standards and Equity

The Quarterly, 2004
Tom Fox
Fox describes the work of teachers who link genre and purpose, bridging the gap between disenfranchised students and schools. More ›

The Spirit of Volunteerism in English Composition

The Quarterly, Spring 2003
Jim Wilcox
"Teacher, you changed my life." Most teachers do not hear these words often, but then few classes make changing lives a goal in the way that Jim Wilcox's does. More ›

Book Review: Blending Genre, Altering Style: Writing Multigenre Papers, by Tom Romano

The Quarterly, Fall 2000
Stephen Smarjesse
Smarjesse argues that Romano's multigenre approach engages students in higher levels of creative thought, helping them also to develop and hone basic skills. More ›

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