Teaching Composition TechniquesHi,I 'd like to share experiences with composition teachers--any new methods or techniques, especially those methods related to learning based on thinking. Thanx a lot.

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One book that is invaluable is "The Practical Writer" by Edward F. Bailey, Jr.  This step-by-step approach to writing from the one paragraph to essays to research papers is orderly and understandable to nearly all students.  For one thing, this  text is a great aid in teaching students to use supporting details and to use logical reasoning. Another book that is helpful is "Unstuck:  A Supportive and Practical Guide to Working Through Writer's Block" by Jane Anne Straw.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is a fabulous book titled Breakthroughs: Classroom Discoveries About Teaching Writing that I would highly recommend. It's published by the National Writing Project, and it's full of essays by teachers who have experienced incredible growth in both themselves and their students in the writing classroom. I would also recommend that you track down your state's local affiliation of the National Writing Project and experience a writing project.

timbrady eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I highly recommend "The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing" by Michael Harvey (Hackett Publishing Company).  It is a very short text (100 pages), but if the students understand and apply the simple guidelines that are there, their writing will improve.  You can take a look at it online at http://nutsandbolts.washcoll.edu/plainstyle.htm (in fact, I think it's the entire text and is, in some ways, easier to use depending on your learning style).

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I have always been impressed with Nancy Atwell. She writes about workshop methods. Although her books are geared toward middle school teachers, they can be applied to every level. Kids learn to write by writing, especially going through the process.
benttaibah | Student

One book that is invaluable is "The Practical Writer" by Edward F. Bailey, Jr.  This step-by-step approach to writing from the one paragraph to essays to research papers is orderly and understandable to nearly all students.  For one thing, this  text is a great aid in teaching students to use supporting details and to use logical reasoning. Another book that is helpful is "Unstuck:  A Supportive and Practical Guide to Working Through Writer's Block" by Jane Anne Straw.

One book that is invaluable is "The Practical Writer" by Edward F. Bailey, Jr.  This step-by-step approach to writing from the one paragraph to essays to research papers is orderly and understandable to nearly all students.  For one thing, this  text is a great aid in teaching students to use supporting details and to use logical reasoning. Another book that is helpful is "Unstuck:  A Supportive and Practical Guide to Working Through Writer's Block" by Jane Anne Straw.

  Thank you dear Mwestwood for your generous reply. I'm going to look for the suggested books and consider them as future references. Bye

benttaibah | Student

I highly recommend "The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing" by Michael Harvey (Hackett Publishing Company).  It is a very short text (100 pages), but if the students understand and apply the simple guidelines that are there, their writing will improve.  You can take a look at it online at http://nutsandbolts.washcoll.edu/plainstyle.htm (in fact, I think it's the entire text and is, in some ways, easier to use depending on your learning style).

Thank you Mr. Timbrady  for your nice reply. I'm going to look at the  book suggested in the link.  Generous and kind of you . Bye