Critical Passages by Kristin Dombek
Teaching the Transition to College Composition (Language and Literacy Series (Teachers College Pr))

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This practical handbook examines the gap between high school and college-level writing instruction, providing teachers with guidance for helping their students make the transition from the five-paragraph, pyramid, or AP essay to the complex, thoughtful writing expected of them in college. Drawing on literary and cultural theory as well as their personal experience, the authors:

Offer practical strategies for dealing with the many challenges of the writing classroom, such as helping students to become invested in the writing process, fostering a dynamic classroom environment, balancing the teaching of grammatical and rhetorical forms with the teaching of thinking, and motivating students to analyze written, visual, and cultural evidence in rigorous and original ways. Present a progressive approach to teaching that helps students expand their thinking and move away from the simple theses expected of them in high school. Invite readers to reflect on their practice and try new approaches. Share useful strategies for employing contemporary theoretical frameworks to help students think and write about written texts, visual art, mass media, and a spectrum of contemporary cultural issues. Include many samples of classroom projects, three month-long progressions of readings and writing prompts, and model essays that show both the process and final product.

About Kristin Dombek

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Dombek is a Faculty Instructor in the Expository Writing Programs at New York University. Scott Herndon is completing his Ph.D. in English at NYU and has been a mentor at YOUTH SPEAKS for three years. A nonprofit literary arts, education, and cultural resource center for teenagers in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City, YOUTH SPEAKS offers free and ongoing public performance and publication opportunities, after-school workshops, in-school presentations, and mentoring programs.
Published December 1, 2003 by Teachers College Press. 144 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction