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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)
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CBW Resource Share: Curated by Elizabeth Baldridge, this resource serves as a clearinghouse for activities, assignments, classroom management, and handouts for Basic Writing courses.
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