First-Year Composition: From Theory to Practice

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Edited by Deborah Coxwell-Teague and Ronald F. Lunsford

Lauer Series in Rhetoric and Composition
Series Editors: Patricia Sullivan, Catherine Hobbs, Thomas Rickert, and Jennifer Bay

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978-1-60235-518-7 (paperback, $34) 978-1-60235-509-4 (hardcover, $65) 978-1-60235-520-0 (Adobe ebook on CD, $20). © 2014 by Parlor Press. 421 pages with notes, illustrations, syllabi, bibliography, and index.

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Responding to a widespread belief that the field of composition studies is less unified than it was in the late twentieth century, editors Deborah Coxwell-Teague and Ronald F. Lunsford ask twelve well-known composition theorists to create detailed syllabi for a first-year composition course and then to explain their theoretical foundations. Each contributor to First-Year Composition: From Theory to Practice, discusses the major goals and objectives for their course, its major assignments, their use of outside texts, the role of reading and responding to these texts, the nature of classroom discussion, their methods of responding to student writing, and their assessment methods.

The contributors to First-Year Composition: From Theory to Practice include Chris Anson, Suresh Canagarajah, Douglas Hesse, Asao Inoue, Paula Mathieu, Teresa Redd, Alexander Reid, Jody, Shipka, Howard Tinberg, Victor Villanueva, Elizabeth Wardle and Doug Downs, and Kathleen Blake Yancey. Their twelve essays provide a window into these teachers’ classrooms that will help readers, teachers, and writing program administrators appreciate the strengths of unity and diversity in rhetoric and composition as a field. The examples will empower new and experienced teachers and administrators. The editors frame the twelve essays with an introductory chapter that identifies key moments in composition’s history and a concluding chapter that highlights the varied and useful ways the contributors approach the common challenges of the first-year composition course.

About the Editors

Deborah Coxwell-Teague currently serves as director of Florida State University’s First-Year Composition Program. In this capacity, she is involved in the training and supervision of close to 150 individuals who teach approximately 350 sections of FYC annually. She has also served as director of FSU’s Reading/Writing Center and has taught composition at both the high school and community college levels. Deborah’s research interests focus on teacher training and composition. Her publications include Finding Our Way: A Writing Teacher’s Sourcebook, coauthored with the late Wendy Bishop, and Multiple Literacies, a composition textbook coauthored with Dan Melzer.

Ronald F. Lunsford is Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he teaches courses in composition theory, rhetoric, and linguistics. His administrative posts include Director of Rhetoric and Writing at Clemson University, Head of the Department of English at Missouri State University, Chair of English, Assistant to the Provost, and Director of Graduate Programs in English—all at UNC Charlotte. His publications include the following co-authored works: Twelve Readers Reading: Responding to College Student Writing, Noam Chomsky, Research in Composition and Rhetoric, Linguistic Perspectives on Literature, and The Longwood Guide to Writing, now in its fourth edition.


Setting the Table: Composition in the Last Half of the Twentieth Century
Deborah Coxwell-Teague and Ronald F. Lunsford

1 Writing, Language, and Literacy
Chris M. Anson

2 ESL Composition as a Literate Art of the Contact Zone
Suresh Canagarajah

3 Occasions, Sources, and Strategies
Douglas Hesse

4 A Grade-Less Writing Course That Focuses on Labor and Assessing
Asao B. Inoue

5 A Guiding Question, Some Primary Research, and a Dash of Rhetorical Awareness
Paula Mathieu

6 “Talkin bout Fire Don’t Boil the Pot”: Putting Theory into Practice in a First-Year Writing Course at an HBCU
Teresa Redd

7 The Activity of Writing: Affinity and Affect in Composition
Alexander Reid

8 Beyond Text and Talk: A Multimodal Approach to First-Year Composition
Jody Shipka

9 Working Through Theory in a Community College Composition Classroom
Howard Tinberg

10 For the Love of Language: A Curriculum
Victor Villanueva

11 Looking into Writing-about-Writing Classrooms
Elizabeth Wardle and Doug Downs

12 Attempting the Impossible: Designing a First-Year Composition Course
Kathleen Blake Yancey

13 A Cornucopia of Composition Theories: What These Teachers Tell Us About Our Discipline
Deborah Coxwell-Teague and Ronald F. Lunsford


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