To what extent does writing connect with people and society? Provide at least 5 sources that examine the topic from different perspectives that include the following: a summary of each source ...

To what extent does writing connect with people and society? Provide at least 5 sources that examine the topic from different perspectives that include the following:

  • a summary of each source 
  • how it relates to the others sources 
  • is it a reliable speaker/source and how do you know?
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jameadows eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Below are some sources that relate to how writing connects with people and society. I've provided three relevant sources, and you can use these sources (including the "References" section at the end of the first article) to find more relevant sources.

  • "Writing and Reading Relationships: Constructive Tasks" by Judith A. Langer and Sheila Flihan. A chapter in Writing: Research/Theory/Practice, Roselmina Indrisano and James R. Squire, Eds., Newark, DE: International Reading Association, 2000. This source is about the relationship between writing and reading and the way in which both activities help people create meaning (part of Constructivist theory). The authors also examine reading and writing as "literacy events" and write that "the interactions surrounding text and the ways in which interactions between and among individuals, who they are, and why they are writing and reading influence meaning making." In other words, the authors look at the way in which people's social interactions affect how they read and write and make sense of what they read and write. This is a reliable source, as it cites numerous scholarly sources and calls on extensive research.
  • Writing in Society by Raymond Williams (Verso, 1983). In this book, the author examines the connection between writers such as Shakespeare and Dickens and the culture they came from. He looks at the interaction between history and culture and written works. Raymond Williams was a well-respected Professor of Drama at Cambridge University, and he wrote from a Marxist point of view. This is a reliable source that offers a Marxist point of view on the subject of literature and society.
  • "Falling in Love through Writing" by Aaron-Ben Zeev, Ph.D. Psychology Today, December 11, 2011. This article examines romantic letter writing from a psychological point of view and explains how it connects people differently than other forms of communication (see the link below). This article is written by a credible psychologist who knows the subject he is writing about.