Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Topic: Writing in Different Disciplines

10-second review: How is student writing similar across disciplines?

Title: "Linking Composition and Literature through Metagrnres: Using Business Sales Letters in First-Year English.” Be Devet. Teaching English in Two-Year Colleges (December 2008), 177-185. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Idea/Quote: “…in spite of differing surface details, similar ways of thinking underlie genres in the disciplines. Fundamental, for instance, to a zoology lab report and to a political science term paper alike, are the common processes of analysis and synthesis.” p. 177.

Comment: I’m going to engage in some research related to writing across the disciplines in 2009. One reason I believe freshman writing courses are not very effective from the students’ perspective is that the usual five-paragraph essay approach does not apply to certain types of writing in other disciplines. At least students do not recognize the writing in other disciplines as related to the writing assignments in English.

During 2009, I am going to find out how writing in other disciplines relates to or differs from the five-paragraph essay type of writing in English
. RayS.

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