Bad Ideas About Writing

by Cheryl Ball, Drew Loewe

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Book Description

We intend this work to be less a bestiary of bad ideas about writing than an effort to name bad ideas and suggest better ones. Some of those bad ideas are quite old, such as the archetype of the inspired genius author, the five-paragraph essay, or the abuse of adjunct writing teachers. Others are much newer, such as computerized essay scoring or gamification. Some ideas, such as the supposed demise of literacy brought on by texting, are newer bad ideas but are really instances of older bad ideas about literacy always being in a cycle of decline. Yet the same core questions such as what is good writing, what makes a good writer, how should writing be assessed, and the like persist across contexts, technologies, and eras. The project has its genesis in frustration, but what emerges is hope: hope for leaving aside bad ideas and thinking about writing in more productive, inclusive, and useful ways.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download Bad Ideas About Writing ebook for free in PDF format (2.5 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Bad ideas about what good writing is
 
Chapter 2
Bad ideas about who good writers are
 
Chapter 3
Bad ideas about style, usage, and grammar
 
Chapter 4
Bad ideas about writing techniques
 
Chapter 5
Bad ideas about genres
 
Chapter 6
Bad ideas about assessing writing
 
Chapter 7
Bad ideas about writing and digital technology
 
Chapter 8
Bad ideas about writing teachers
 

Book Details

Publisher
Digital Publishing Institute
Published
2017
Pages
382
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13 Digital
9780998882000
ISBN10 Digital
0998882003
PDF Size
2.5 MB
License
CC BY

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