**This page is updated often.**

(if you have suggestions, please send them to us or add in the comments section below)

On-line Resources for the Teaching of Basic Writing:

Beyond the Basics Blog @Bedford (Susan Naomi Bernstein)

BWe (new site–now housed at Please update your bookmarks!)

George Otte and Rebecca Mlnarczyk’s, Basic Writing (full text available)

CBW-L (CBW-L is a listserv focused on basic writing and related issues.) To subscribe to this listserv, send an e-mail message to: The content of the message should read subscribe CBW-L firstname lastname. For example, write subscribe cbw-l jane doe. You should leave the subject line blank and remove your signature for this message.  In response, you will receive e-mail confirmation of your subscription and instructions for sending future mail.

CBW Resource Share:  Curated by Elizabeth Baldridge, this brand new resource (2012) will serve as a clearinghouse for activities, assignments, classroom management, and handouts for Basic Writing courses.

Community College of Baltimore’s Accelerated Learning Project (ALP)

CCCC Connected Community–Basic Writing (member log-in required)

CompPile Home

CompFAQs, Basic Writing

Global Skills for College Completion Project

The Journal of Basic Writing

Key Texts (Books) in Basic Writing

Adler-Kassner, Linda and Susanmarie Harrington. Basic Writing as a Political Act: Public Conversations about Writing and Literacy. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton, 2002.

Bartholomae, David and Anthony Petrosky. Facts, Artifacts, and Counterfacts. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton, 1986.

Bernstein, Susan Naomi. Teaching Developmental Writing: Background Readings. 3rd ed. Boston : Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2007.

Carter, Shannon. The Way Literacy Lives: Rhetorical Dexterity and Basic Writing Instruction. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2008.

DiPardo, Anne. A Kind of Passport: A Basic Writing Adjunct Program and the Challenge of Student Diversity. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1993.

Enos, Theresa, ed. A Sourcebook for Basic Writing Teachers. New York: Random House, 1987.

Fox, Tom. Defending Access: A Critique of Standards in Higher Education. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton, 1999.

Glau, Gregory R. and Chitralekha Duttagupta. Bedford Bibliography for Teachers of Basic Writing. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Bedford/St. Martins, 2009.

Gray-Rosendale, Laura. Rethinking Basic Writing: Exploring Identity, Politics, and Community in Interaction. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000.

Halasek, Kay and Nels P. Highberg, eds. Landmark Essays on Basic Writing. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001.

Hill, Carolyn Ericksen. Writing from the Margins: Power and Pedagogy for Teachers of Composition. New York: Oxford UP, 1990.

Horner, Bruce and Min-Zhan Lu. Representing the “Other”: Basic Writers and the Teaching of Writing. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1999.

Kells, Michelle Hall and Valerie Balester, eds. Attending to the Margins: Writing, Researching, and Teaching on the Front Lines. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton, 1999.

McNenny, Gerri, ed. Mainstreaming Basic Writers: Politics and Pedagogies of Access. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001.

Moran, Michael G., and Martin J. Jacobi. Research in Basic Writing: A Bibliographic Sourcebook.  New York: Greenwood, 1991.


Mutnick, Deborah. Writing in an Alien World : Basic Writing and the Struggle for Equality in Higher Education. Portsmouth, NH : Boynton/Cook Publishers, 1996.

Otte, George and Rebecca Williams Mlynarczyk. Basic Writing. West Lafayette, Ind. : Parlor Press, 2010.

Greene, Nicole Pepinster and Patricia J. McAlexander, eds. Basic Writing in America: The History of Nine College Programs. Cresskill, NJ : Hampton Press, 2008.

Ritter, Kelly. Before Shaughnessy: Basic Writing at Yale and Harvard, 1920-1960. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University P, 2009.

Rose, Mike. Lives on the Boundary: The Struggles and Achievements of America’s Underprepared. New York: Penguin, 1990.

—. Possible Lives. New York: Penguin, 1995.

Shaughnessy, Mina P. Errors and Expectations: A Guide for the Teacher of Basic Writing. New York: Oxford UP, 1979.

Soliday, Mary. The Politics of Remediation: Institutional and Student Needs in Higher Education. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002.

Key Articles in Basic Writing

**More Coming Soon!**

Have a basic writing resource to add? Please comment below & we will add your suggestions to the list! You can also contact J. Elizabeth Clark at lclark [at] lagcc [dot] cuny [dot] edu.


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