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The crosscurrents Series

Link to Comprehension Through Conversation
The Power of Purposeful Talk in the Reading Workshop

Maria Nichols

    Maria Nichols offers not possible lessons but full descriptions of actual lessons. Here you’ll find no ivory-tower examples of what might be, but examples of what is already available in many classrooms. These are classrooms of the sort that we hope our children and grandchildren are lucky enough to encounter—not once in a while but routinely.
    —Richard L. Allington
    To say this is an exceptional
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Link to A Way to Move
Rhetorics of Emotion and Composition Studies

Dale Jacobs, Laura Micciche

How does emotion shape the work of teachers and administrators in Composition Studies?
How are we schooled to use emotion in our professional lives?
What is the place of emotion in our academic relationships?
How do we think—and feel—about our feelings? This groundbreaking volume offers a fresh and invigorating examination of emotion as a category of critical thought in Composition... more


Link to Composition, Pedagogy & the Scholarship of Teaching

Deborah Minter, Edited By Amy Goodburn

How do composition teachers document their teaching? What types of documentation work best? Teaching portfolios, course portfolios, philosophy statements, classroom observation? How can these materials provide essential testimony about our classrooms and our achievements, not just to ourselves and our colleagues but to faculty supervisors, tenure and promotion committees, deans, and provosts? Documenting our work as teachers offers a rich... more


Link to Conflicts and Crises in the Composition Classroom
---and What Instructors Can Do About Them

Dawn Skorczewski, Edited By Matthew Parfitt

Classroom crises challenge all writing instructors, especially when they are new to the field. But even an old pro's resources can be stretched thin when race or gender becomes an issue or, more insidiously, when a difficult student undermines the course, questions professorial authority, or—worst of all—creates an atmosphere of distrust and dislike. Situations like these can derail a semester, but they also can encourage a reexamination of composition... more


Link to Rhetoric and Ethnicity

Keith Gilyard, Vorris Nunley

From style and genre to identity, politics, and pedagogy, America is characterized by a citizenry with multiple perspectives speaking and writing in multiple voices. Rhetoric and Ethnicity foregrounds the complexity of American culture and asks a series of basic questions:

  • How might ethnic rhetorics function as generative sites of difference?
  • How might ethnic rhetorics shape composition instruction?
  • How
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Link to The Profession of English in the Two-Year College

Edited By Mark Reynolds, Edited By Sylvia Holladay-Hicks

The 1960s: a time of protests and civil rights marches, sit-ins and speak-outs, free-love rallies and anti-establishment Yip-ins. Yet going largely unnoticed was another powerful revolution: the explosive growth of the two-year college. In The Profession of English in the Two-Year College, those on the front lines of this movement record how they successfully taught a new kind of student in a re-imagined postsecondary institution. Those... more


Link to The War Against Grammar

David Mulroy

Provocative, thoughtful, informative, combative—a book that challenges us to come to terms once more with the teaching of English grammar.

How can we improve the verbal skills of American students? How can we strengthen them as readers and writers? How can we best prepare America's youth to succeed in the study of a foreign language? According to Classics professor David Mulroy, the most important answer is grammar! Whether championing... more