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Top 5 for New Teachers

FAQ: What are top 5 books or articles that new writing teachers should read?

(List compiled by Thomas Pace, via WPA-L, November 2004)

Books/Articles for First-Time Teachers

  • Mike Rose, Lives on the Boundary
  • Ann Berthoff, Making of Meaning
  • Erika Lindemann, A Rhetoric for Writing Teachers
  • Nancy Sommers, “Responding to Student Writing.”
  • Lisa Delpit, “The Silenced Dialogue: Power and Pedagogy in Educating Other People’s Children.”
  • Linda Brodkey’, “Writing on the Bias”
  • Peter Elbow:
    • “Ranking, Evaluating, and Liking: Sorting out Three Levels of Judgment”
    • “Reflections on Academic Discourse”
    • Writing Without Teachers
    • Writing With Power
    • Everyone Can Write
  • James McDonald, ed. Allyn and Bacon Sourcebook for College Writing Teachers. 2 ed.
  • David Bartholomae, “Inventing the University”
  • George Hillocks, Jr. Teaching Writing as Reflective Practice
  • James D. Williams. Preparing to Teach Writing : Research, Theory, and Practice
  • Lisa Ede and Andrea Lunsford, eds. The Selected Essays of Robert J. Connors
  • Rosss Winterowd, Composition in the Rhetorical Tradition.
  • Noguchi, Grammar and the Teaching of Writing: Limits and Possibilities
  • David Jolliffe, et al eds. Against the Grain: A Volume in Honor of Maxine Hairston
  • David Durst, Collision Course: Conflict, Negotiation, and Learning in College Composition
  • John Bean, Engaging Ideas
  • Richard Haswell, “Minimal Marking”
  • Kathyrn Rosser Raign, The Harcourt Brace Guide to Teaching First-Year Composition
  • Donald Murray, The Craft of Revision.
  • Lad Tobin, Writing Relationships
  • Jim Berlin, Rhetorics, Poetics and Cultures
  • Diane Roen, et al eds, The New St. Martin’s Guide to Teaching Writing: Strategies for Teaching First-Year Composition
  • John McPeck. Critical Thinking and Education
  • Charles Bazerman,
  • Brian Huot and Pamela Takayoshi, Teaching Writing With Computers
  • Gail Hawisher and Cynthia Selfe, Passions, Pedagogies, and 21st Century Technology
  • Meyer and Smith, The Practical Tutor
  • Joe Harris, A Teaching Subject
  • Dan Morgan, “Ethical Issues Raised by Students’ Personal Writing”
  • Wayne Booth, “The Rhetorical Stance”
  • Kenneth Bruffee, Short Course in Writing
  • John Ruskiewicz, Well Bound Words
  • Alice Horning, Revision Revisited
  • T.R. Johnson, A Rhetoric of Pleasure: Prose Style and Today’s Composition Classroom
  • James Seitz, Motives for Metaphor
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