Know and Tell by David Bleich. A Writing Pedagogy of Disclosure, Genre,
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Know and Tell

Know and Tell

A Writing Pedagogy of Disclosure, Genre, and Membership

By David Bleich

Know and Tell is a sophisticated, richly knowledgeable, and far-reaching analysis of what it means to teach and learn language, what it means to engage with our subject as thinkers, doers, and social activists in the most profound sense of the word. The book is firmly centered in the English classroom—on teacher practices, student responses, and the subject of English as it unfolds in everyday occurrences—offering a clear vision of what teaching and learning language use is, can, might, and should be.

David Bleich asks hard questions—of himself, his students, his subject, and his colleagues....

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Know and Tell is a sophisticated, richly knowledgeable, and far-reaching analysis of what it means to teach and learn language, what it means to engage with our subject as thinkers, doers, and social activists in the most profound sense of the word. The book is firmly centered in the English classroom—on teacher practices, student responses, and the subject of English as it unfolds in everyday occurrences—offering a clear vision of what teaching and learning language use is, can, might, and should be.

David Bleich asks hard questions—of himself, his students, his subject, and his colleagues. He reconnects our teaching practices with social needs, with what really matters in our society—namely how we can create selves that stand a chance of surviving school and beyond. His book addresses the teaching of writing from the standpoint of motivation, interest, and purpose of those in classrooms that depend on, need, and study writing. At the same time it shows that the details of language use in classrooms appear in language use in society.

Know and Tell enlarges the subject matter of "writing" from "general writing skills instruction" to language use as a feature of everyday life and as the main path for the announcement of knowledge. Bleich emphasizes that writing exists in living contexts and that even the most formal uses of writing need to be understood as aspects of living social scenes, interests, and groups of people. And in doing so, he also shows how postsecondary writing pedagogy can contribute to wider changes in academic teaching and can promote new levels of interdisciplinary cooperation.

Contents

Contents:
Forethoughts:
The Materiality of Language and the Constituencies of Writing Pedagogy
1. Academic Teaching, Writing, and Disclosure
2. Genre, Writing, and Language Use
3. Language Use as Membership
4. Disclosing Unconscious Genres and Language Uses
5. Collaboration and the Discomforts of Disclosure
6. The Contingent Curriculum
7. Military, Corporate, and Bureaucratic Interest in Testing and Grading
8. Genres of Evaluation and Teaching Discipline
More Forethoughts: Materiality, Mothering, Motivation, and Money