Teaching Developmental Writing
Fourth Edition   ©2013

Teaching Developmental Writing

Background Readings

Susan Naomi Bernstein

  • ISBN-10: 0-312-60251-0; ISBN-13: 978-0-312-60251-2; Format: Paper Text, 496 pages



Alternative Table of Contents

1. Transitions from High School to Higher Education, from Community to College

2. Diversity and Democracy

3. Classroom Practices – Practical Pedagogies

4. Questions and Conundrums for Research and Administration


Chapter 1: Basic Writing: Teachers’ Perspectives

Mina Shaughnessy, Some Needed Research on Writing

Adrienne Rich, Teaching Language in Open Admissions

Mike Rose, Remediation at a Crossroads

Chapter 2: Basic Writing: Students’ Perspectives

Jane Maher, Raw Material

Marc Lamont Hill, Wounded Healing: Forming a Storytelling Community in Hip-Hop Lit

Justin Hudson, The Brick Tower

PART TWO: Literacy and Literacies

Chapter 3: Processes of Writing and Research

Susan Naomi Bernstein, Basic Writing: In Search of a New Map

Jonikka Charlton, Seeing is Believing: Writing Studies with "Basic Writing" Students

Chapter 4: Intersected Literacies: Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking

Deborah M. Sánchez and Eric J. Paulson, Critical Language Awareness and Learners in College Transitional English

David A. Jolliffe and Allison Harl, Texts of Our Institutional Lives: Studying the "Reading Transition" from High School to College: What Are Our Students Reading and Why?

Chapter 5: Teaching and Learning with New Literacies

Valerie Kinloch, Harlem, Art, and Literacy and Documenting "Harlem Is Art"/ "Harlem As Art"

Shannon Carter, The Way Literacy Lives

Marisa A. Klages and J. Elizabeth Clark, New Worlds of Errors and Expectations: Basic Writers and Digital Assumptions

Chapter 6: Learning Academic English: Approaches to Grammar and Style

Leif Fearn and Nancy Farnan, When Is a Verb? Using Functional Grammar to Teach Writing

Laura R. Micciche, Making a Case for Rhetorical Grammar


Chapter 7: Classic Perspectives on Multicultural Teaching and Learning

Gloria Anzaldúa, How to Tame a Wild Tongue

June Jordan, Nobody Mean More to Me Than You and the Future Life of Willie Jordan

bell hooks, Embracing Change: Teaching in a Multicultural World

Chapter 8: Transforming Pedagogies

Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, Geoffery L. Cohen, Julio Garcia, Rachel Sumner, Jonathan C. Cook, and Nancy Apfel, Improving Minority Academic Performance: How a Values-Affirmation Intervention Works

Amy E. Winans, Cultivating Racial Literacy in White Segregated Settings: Emotions as Site of Ethical Engagement and Inquiry

Chapter 9: Learning Differences

Lennard Davis, From The Rule of Normalcy

Patrick L. Bruch, Interpreting and Implementing Universal Design in Basic Writing

Chapter 10: English Language Learners

Gloria M. Rodriguez and Lisceth Cruz, The Transition to College of English Learner and Undocumented Immigrant Students: Resource and Policy Implications

Martha Clark Cummings, "Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You": Self-Disclosure and Lesbian and Gay Identity in the ESL Writing Classroom

Christina Ortmeier-Hooper, English May Be My Second Language, But I’m Not ESL


Chapter 11: Writing Centers

Brad Hughes, Paula Gillespie, and Harvey Kail, What They Take with Them: Findings from the Peer Writing Tutor Alumni Research Project

International Writing Centers Association, Position Statement on Two-Year College Writing Centers

Anne Ellen Geller, Michele Eodice, Frankie Condon, Meg Carroll, and Elizabeth H. Boquet, Antiracism Work and Writing Center Practice: Appendix

Chapter 12: Access, Placement, Assessment, and Retention: Models and Challenges

George Otte and Rebecca Williams Mlynarczyk, Assessment

Peter Adams, Sarah Gearhart, Robert Miller, and Anne Roberts, The Accelerated Learning Program: Throwing Open the Gates

Gregory R. Glau, Stretch at 10: A Progress Report on Arizona State University’s Stretch Program

Resources for Teaching and Research

Keeping Journals and Building a Course Archive

Writing Conference Proposals and Articles

Teaching, Advocacy, and Action

Writing Studies: Creating Syllabi from Teaching Developmental Writing

Additional Considerations