A Teacher's Guide To Wordsmith: A Creative Writing Course by Janie B. Cheaney

By Janie B. Cheaney

Mom and dad who lack self belief of their skill to coach scholars how you can write will enjoy the cheap teacher's advisor. It comprises solutions, lesson plans, educating feedback, and ideas for increasing lessons.

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The faculty were mainly clergymen, twice-daily chapel was required, and revival meetings were frequent on college campuses. While there was considerable variation among institutions, from old colonial-era colleges of the Northeast and South to tiny new academies that followed the westward expansion, each was a community to itself, with standards of inclusion and exclusion that ensured a fundamental uniformity even without taking into account an intellectual common ground—"academic community" in the modern sense.

This focus is logical: the most visible efforts to teach writing and to reform its teaching have centered in English departments. Yet the writing that students do in general-composition courses forms only a small part (though perhaps a more important part) of the writing that they do in their schooling. 34 To understand the ways that students learn to write, one must go beyond the small and all-too-often marginalized component of the curriculum which treats writing explicitly and look at the broader, 31 THE TRIUMPH OF SPECIALIZATION though largely tacit traditions that students encounter in the whole curriculum.

None of the three established a tradition of successfully integrating writing instruction into the curriculum. Through each wave of reform, the myth of transience persisted; and in the post-World War II era, these efforts to restore linguistic consensus continued to animate reforms in writing and general education, despite the almost complete triumph of specialization in academia. Even today some manifestations of the latest interdisciplinary effort, the WAC movement, still seek to reunite academia into a coherent discourse community and solve, once and for all, the problem of poor student writing and, in the same stroke, the troubling incoherence of modern education.

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