The Journal Book by Toby Fulwiler, Susan Gardner. For Teachers of
The Journal Book

The Journal Book

For Teachers of At-Risk College Writers

By Edited by Toby Fulwiler, Edited by Susan Gardner

Educators across the grades and across the curriculum have long recognized the usefulness of journals to help student writers. But what about basic writers, learning-disabled students, and nontraditional and returning students? One of the values of journal writing is its accessibility, yet no one has seemed to consider how at-risk students might benefit. With this new collection, the first of its kind, Susan Gardner and Toby Fulwiler provide much-needed advice.

The authors of these essays are all experienced teachers of at-risk writers, both at two- and four-year colleges. They know the at-risk...

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Educators across the grades and across the curriculum have long recognized the usefulness of journals to help student writers. But what about basic writers, learning-disabled students, and nontraditional and returning students? One of the values of journal writing is its accessibility, yet no one has seemed to consider how at-risk students might benefit. With this new collection, the first of its kind, Susan Gardner and Toby Fulwiler provide much-needed advice.

The authors of these essays are all experienced teachers of at-risk writers, both at two- and four-year colleges. They know the at-risk students they are describing. Some readers will recognize the students as "basic" writers in basic writing courses. Others will find chapters written by writing center directors who serve a variety of students we might term as "at risk." There are also chapters from educators who work specifically with Deaf students, ADHD students, and learning-disabled students. Each one describes uses of the journal and the adjustments to the assignment that make the journal such an accessible and instructive writing genre.

Contents

Contents:
Introduction:
Reaching At-Risk Writers: The Journal as an Accessible Genre, S. Gardner 1. Journal Writing: A Path to Academic Writing for Basic Writers, K. Lazarus 2. Entering Conversations: Using Journals and Informal Writing with Basic Writers, D. Mutnick 3. Writing in a Safe Place: The Reflective Journal and the Returning Student, H. Tinburg 4. Writing, Reading, and Spelling: All That School Shit, A. Stander 5. Discovering the Writing Self as Other: Journals as Journeys, A. Mullin 6. "Drawing the Curtain": Basic Writers' Written Responses to Poetry, J. Nelson 7. Writing to Learn in Science Journals: Help for the "Homeless in the Universe," C. Burnham & M. French 8. Linking the Mind and Heart: The Directed Journal in College Writing Courses, L. Roma-Deeley 9. Reading Writing Journals in the College Composition Classroom, M. Alm 10. The Electronic Journal: Zapping the Fears of Reluctant Writers, L. Chrenka 11. Oral Journals: Voice Mail and Tape Recorders as Inclusive and Challenging Forums, P. Dunn 12. Getting Beyond Faking It: Journals and Learning Differences, E. Byrne 13. Learning from My Students: Interactive Electronic Journal Writing with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Learners, K. Kimmel 14. If Journals Don't Work, Try Letters, K. Stewart 15. Giving Journals a Rest: Some Hard Thoughts About an "Easy" Practice, V. Perdue 16. Assessing Journals in Basic Writing Classes: Some Issues and Some Strategies, K. Yancey & B. Huot Afterword: When Journals Don't Work, T. Fulwiler Appendix: Setting Up Successful Journals: Practical Tips, S. Gardner