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Everyone Can Write : Essays Toward a Hopeful Theory of Writing and Teaching Writing - Peter Elbow

Everyone Can Write

Essays Toward a Hopeful Theory of Writing and Teaching Writing

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Published: 1st March 2000
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With Writing without Teachers (OUP 1975) and Writing with Power (OUP 1995) Peter Elbow revolutionized the teaching of writing. His process method--and its now commonplace "free writing" techniques--liberated generations of students and teachers from the emphasis on formal principles of grammar that had dominated composition pedagogy.
This new collection of essays brings together the best of Elbow's writing since the publication of Embracing Contraries in 1987. The volume includes sections on voice, the experience of writing, teaching, and evaluation. Implicit throughout is Elbow's commitment to humanizing the profession, and his continued emphasis on the importance of binary thinking and nonadversarial argument. The result is a compendium of a master teacher's thought on the relation between good pedagogy and good writing; it is sure to be of interest to all professional teachers of writing, and will be a valuable book for use in composition courses at all levels.

"This volume belongs in the library of everyone who teaches or studies composition theory.... This collection,...drawn from three decades of musings and reflections, demands the attention of anyone seriously interested in teaching writing."--The Quarterly

Introductionp. xiii
Premises and Foundationsp. 1
Illiteracy at Oxford and Harvard: Reflections on the Inability to Writep. 5
A Map of Writing in Terms of Audience and Responsep. 28
The Uses of Binary Thinkingp. 48
Fragments
The Believing Game--A Challenge after Twenty-Five Yearsp. 76
The Generative Dimensionp. 81
Freewriting and the Problem of Wheat and Taresp. 85
Closing My Eyes as I Speak: An Argument for Ignoring Audiencep. 93
Toward a Phenomenology of Freewritingp. 113
Fragments
Wrongness and Felt Sensep. 137
The Neglect and Rediscovery of Inventionp. 141
Form and Content as Sources of Creationp. 142
Speech, Writing, and Voicep. 145
The Shifting Relationships Between Speech and Writingp. 149
Voice in Literaturep. 168
Silence: A Collagep. 173
What Is Voice in Writing?p. 184
Fragments
On the Concept of Voicep. 222
Audible Voice: How Much Do We Hear the Text?p. 223
Voice in Texts as It Relates to Teachingp. 226
Discoursesp. 229
Reflections on Academic Discourse: How It Relates to Freshmen and Colleaguesp. 235
In Defense of Private Writing: Consequences for Theory and Researchp. 257
The War Between Reading and Writing--and How to End Itp. 281
Your Cheatin' Art: A Collagep. 300
Fragments
Can Personal Expressive Writing Do the Work of Academic Writing?p. 315
Teachingp. 319
Inviting the Mother Tongue: Beyond "Mistakes," "Bad English," and "Wrong Language"p. 323
High Stakes and Low Stakes in Assigning and Responding to Writingp. 351
Breathing Life into the Textp. 360
Using the Collage for Collaborative Writingp. 372
Fragments
Being a Writer vs. Being an Academic: A Conflict in Goalsp. 379
Separating Teaching from Certifyingp. 386
What Kind of Leadership Is Best for Collaborative Learning?p. 392
Evaluation and Gradingp. 395
Getting Along Without Grades--and Getting Along With Them Toop. 399
Starting the Portfolio Experiment at SUNY Stony Brook Pat Belanoff, co-authorp. 422
Fragments
Probems with Gradingp. 435
The Conflict Between Reliability and Validityp. 438
How Portfolios Shake Up the Assessment Process and Thereby Lead too Minimal Holistic Scoring and Multiple Trait Scoringp. 441
Multiple Trait Scoring as an Alternative to Holistic Scoringp. 443
Tracking Leads to a Narrow Definition of Intelligencep. 444
The Benefits and Feasibility of Likingp. 447
Writing Assessment in the Twenty-First Century: A Utopian Viewp. 453
Published Worksp. 471
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ISBN: 9780195104158
ISBN-10: 0195104153
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 412
Published: 1st March 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.77 x 16.2  x 3.66
Weight (kg): 0.99