What do high school English teachers need to teach to get their students ready for college? And how do college instructors help underprepared students succeed once they're there?
These are two pertinent questions for which Carolyn Boiarsky and the contributors to this volume have some answers. Boiarsky put together this book to pre-empt the problems teachers face in class, particularly with first-generation college students and others from working class and immigrant families. First, she discusses the content and socialization issues involved in "academic literacy" and exactly what that phrase means. Then, she and other educators describe activities and strategies that teachers can use to help students acquire the skills they need to read and write at the college level.
These strategies involve:
What the academy demands is the ability to read often technical jargon-laden textbooks, to write research papers using appropriate field-specific language and conventions, and to discuss topics in the form appropriate to that field. The strategies offered in this book will help teachers prepare students to accomplish these tasks, whether American-born native speakers, ESL students, or children of the working, middle, or professional class.
- information transfer and learning to learn
- the craft and the art of writing academic prosefrom developing a "felt sense" of writing to achieving "flow"
- promoting active readershipencouraging exploration of texts through note taking, notecard making, and mapping
- engaging with literaturereading as transaction/the process of constructing meaning
- learning the language and rhetorical conventions of the academy, with particular attention to vernacular dialect speakers and English language learners.
- Working Class Students in the Academy: Who Are They? C. Boiarsky with J. Hagemann & J. Burdan
- Learning to Learn: Helping Students Become Independent Thinkers, C. Boiarsky
- Domain-Specific Heuristics for Composition: Helping Students Write Academic Prose, C. Boiarsky
- The Work of Composition: Helping Students Mix Function and Art to Become Carpenters and Poets, S. Fox
- Challenging but Safe Environments: Helping Students Succeed in College Writing, K. Belanger & D. Panozzo
- Map Makers: Helping Students Become Active Readers, J. Burdan
- Walking with Light: Helping Students Participate in the Literary Dialogue, J. Burdan
- A Metalinguistic Approach: Helping Students Acquire the Language of the Academy, J. Hagemann
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