If you have suggestions for Basic Writing specific resources, please send them to us or add in the comments section below!

On-line Resources for the Teaching of Basic Writing

Bedford Bits Blog (Susan Naomi Bernstein)


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 resource serves as a clearinghouse for activities, assignments, classroom management, and handouts for Basic Writing courses.

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

CompPile Home

CompFAQs, Basic Writing

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.

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

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.

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

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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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