Making Writing Matter : Composition in the Engaged University

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  • Copyright: 2008-03-06
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
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In Making Writing Matter, Ann M. Feldman explores how changing scholarship at engaged metropolitan universities offers an opportunity to redesign first-year writing classes in ways that make students better writers. An engaged university commits to a relationship with its surrounding metropolitan area, with faculty members undertaking collaborative research with community partners. The more vibrant, participatory role of an engaged university allows students to link their academic studies to important public issues and gain real-world writing experience, such as writing press releases and letters to organizations. This newly focused and contextualized research and scholarship at engaged universities shows students how discourse and writing matter in new ways. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Ann M. Feldman is Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Making Writing Matterp. 1
What Is Engaged Scholarship?p. 2
Making Writing Matter for First-Year Studentsp. 3
Writing for Civic Engagementp. 5
How I Came to Write This Bookp. 7
The Organization of This Bookp. 9
The Place of Writing in the University
Engaged Scholarship at the Universityp. 13
Changing The Kind of Thing We Do Around Herep. 15
Important Work, But Not University Partnershipp. 19
How Discourse Drives Engagementp. 22
The New Learner Writesp. 29
Educating Citizens to Writep. 32
When Students "Walk" the Cityp. 36
Writing as Participationp. 41
The Purloined Petitionp. 42
Institution, Genre, and Social Actionp. 48
This Container Isn't Big Enoughp. 53
Writing About What Others Have Writtenp. 55
Writing for Participationp. 59
Revision or Social Action?p. 65
Writing in a Community of Practicep. 68
Telling Tales Out of Schoolp. 71
When Is a Diary Not a Diary?p. 71
Down the Elevatorp. 72
Both Ends Against the Middlep. 74
The University in Ruinsp. 77
What's a Writing Program For?p. 79
The Mountain Makes It's Own Weatherp. 83
Learning to Spell Rescissionp. 86
The Grammar Sessionsp. 89
Getting What You Wish Forp. 94
Reflecting on Experience?p. 96
Designing Instruction to Make Writing Matter
Rethinking Reflection in Community-Based Writingp. 99
A New Space for Teaching and Learningp. 99
Tales of Becoming a Writerp. 103
Performing in Writingp. 105
The Memoir and Its Truth or Consequencesp. 107
On Not Assigning Literacy Narrativesp. 109
Against Reflectionp. 112
Recruiting Students for CCLCPp. 120
Developing Community-Based Partnershipsp. 122
Designing a First-Year Curriculum for CCLCPp. 125
Recapping the Argumentp. 134
Assessing Writing and Learning in Community-Based Courses (with Candice Rai and Megan Marie)p. 135
Entering a New Situationp. 135
Situated Writing and Learningp. 136
Complicating Assessmentp. 147
Developing an Assessment Matrixp. 151
Conducting Assessmentp. 155
Teaching the Teachersp. 163
Writing About Essaysp. 164
The Syllabus as Genrep. 167
Against First-Year Writingp. 171
The Paradox of Transferabilityp. 175
Designing Situated Writing Projectsp. 177
A Manifesto for First-Year Writingp. 187
Notesp. 195
Works Citedp. 203
Indexp. 219
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