Downs, “Teaching first-year writers to use texts: Scholarly readings in Writing-about-Writing in First-Year Comp”

Downs’ article provides great suggestions for helping students navigate scholarly articles.

Downs, Doug. “Teaching First-year Writers to Use Texts: Scholarly Readings in Writing-about-writing in First-year Comp.” Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy (2010): 19-50.

Textbooks

Below, from newest to oldest, are some textbooks that instructors might be interested in. Please write with other suggestions!

Readers

Texts by a Single Author(s)

Essay Collections

Other

  • In 2011, Betsy Sargent created this list of possible primary and supplemental textbooks for a University of Alberta FYC course, WRS 101: Exploring Writing

WAW Newsletter 2.1 (Spring 2012)

The first full issue of the newsletter. Includes two peer-reviewed articles:

  • “Introducing WAW: Grounding Negotiation in Assessment,” by Derek Risse, Jeff Pruchnik, Joseph Paszek, David MacKinder, Adrienne Jankens, Jared Grogan, and Gwen Gorzelsky
  • “Establishing Programmatic Support: A Writing About Writing Approach Proposal,” by Laurie Pinkert

Issue Masthead

  • Editor: I. Moriah McCracken
  • Associate Editor: Vanessa Borman
  • Advisory Board: Elizabeth Wardle, Doug Downs, Barbara Bird, David Slomp
  • Editorial Board: Betsy Sargent
  • Reviewers: Jasara Hines, Trent M. Kays, Sheila Kennedy, Steven Lessner, Benjamin Miller, Christy Wenger

WAW Newsletter 1.1 (Spring 2011)

The inaugural introduction to the newsletter and its call for submissions. Includes descriptions of the four sections of the newsletter: Open Essays, Trends & Insights, Reviews & Considerations, and Students’ Corner. Also included are the mission statement of WAW SIG and the 2011-2012 Steering Committee members and their roles.

Issue Masthead

  • Editor: I. Moriah McCracken
  • Associate Editor: Vanessa Borman
  • Advisory Board: Elizabeth Wardle, Doug Downs, Barbara Bird, David Slomp
  • Editorial Board: Betsy Sargent

And here’s a third

Writing about Writing (WAW), is a method or theory of teaching composition which puts emphasis on reading and writing about writing in the writing course, and reimagines first-year composition as an “introduction to writing studies.” This is not to say WAW only teaches a first-year writing course as if it were an introduction to a writing major, but rather it advocates merging the how of writing with its practice. An introduction course to a writing major has both a different audience and purpose than a first-year composition course framed in WAW. The development of WAW is largely credited to Elizabeth Wardle, University of Central Florida, and Douglas Downs, Montana State University, after the publication of their 2007 article “Teaching about Writing, Righting Misconceptions.”

A relatively new area of first-year composition, WAW continues to emerge and change as it gains recognition by academics and composition scholars.

— Wikipedia contributors, “Writing about Writing,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Writing_about_Writing&oldid=620296821 (accessed September 29, 2014).