This week’s texts were not as explicitly “paired”. The Fulkerson article presented an overview of influential writing theories and methodologies to emerge in the past few decades (i.e. critical/culture studies, expressionism, process & post process methodologies). On the other hand, the Brannon & Knoblach’s article asked us to think further about the Student’s Right to Their Own Texts. Still, Marissa’s presentation was effective in linking the efforts of these different researchers while prompting us to think about more current influences in writing pedagogy. It should be noted that both articles are somewhat dated. Despite this, the pairing of these two articles did capture the diversity of concerns for writing researchers in the 21st century. While Fulkerson approached his theoretical overview from the perspective of the college composition class, Brannon and Knoblach looked at writing from an earlier developmental lens. Marissa’s three discussion prompts helped us find a bridge to these two readings:
#1. Do you think that Critical/Cultural Studies(CCS) classes are effective ways of teaching writing to students? Why, or why not?
#2. Discuss the differences between the dominant tradition of composition and current cultural studies/expressivism/CCS.
You will pair this passion project “infrastructure” with an umbrella question: #WhyIWrite. …..Why do you write? Thursday October 20, 2016 is National Day on Writing, and the #WhyIWrite hashtag will certainly be “on fire”. By building out your individual responses to this broader inquiry, you will each add a component to this special collaborative effort to answer this question.
For next week:
-Read Nancy Sommer’s Responding to Student Writing and Peter Elbow’s Voice in Writing Again: Embracing Contraries. Richonda will present her thoughts and prompt our discussion of these two works by seminal writing theorists.
-Blog your reflection on this week’s reading. In addition, please include a short paragraph at the close of your blog which indicates your early thoughts on your own “passion project” in response to the prompt #WhyIWrite.
-Check out the #WhyIWrite hashtag on twitter since it will be full of inspiration, especially this week for National Day on Writing.
-Please tweet your early passion project ideas to both our #WritingTheory and the #WhyIWrite hashtag.
See you next week for further learning and brainstorming,