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Bibliography and Links

Teaching Writing, Across the Curriculum

Gottschalk, Nancy. The Elements of Teaching Writing: A Resource for Instructors in All Disciplines. New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2003.

English Language Learners

Ferris, Diane B. Teaching ESL Composition: Purpose, Process, and Practice. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum, November 2004.

Leki, Ilona. Undergraduates in a Second Language: Challenges and Complexities of Academic Literacy Development. New York: Routedge, 2007.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL). http://owl.purdue.english.edu

Grammar and Style

Hacker, Diane. The Bedford Handbook. Bedford/St. Martin's; 7th edition

Forgotten the difference between a participle and a gerund, but want your students to know? The Bedford Guide will give you that along with a solid treatment of research writing and insights into developing a personal style within the constraints of academic writing.

Williams, Joseph. Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace.

Why does so much academic writing seem so impenetrable, and how can your students avoid falling into the same traps some of your own professors fell into? Williams offers advice for making prose more clear, coherent, and all-around readable. He models a reader-based, rather than rule-based, strategy for making decisions about writing. And he also suggests that it was OK to start this sentence with “and” and end the first sentence of this paragraph with “into.”

Peer Review and Self-Assessment

Temple University Writing Center. "Questions for Self and Peer Review." http://www.temple.edu/writingctr/handouts/revisingproofreading/reviewquestions.htm.

University of Delaware Writing Center. "Tip Sheet on Peer Review." http://www.english.udel.edu/wc/faculty/tipsheets.

Portfolios

National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research. “Bibliography.” Http://ncepr.org/bibliography.html.

Research Writing

Booth, Wayne, Joseph Colomb and Joseph Williams. Craft of Research.

This book guides students through the process of developing a research topic, refining it into a researchable question, and answering that question with a well-warranted, well-supported argument. It has been used successfully in several St. Mary’ courses, including Human Studies Senior Seminar and the English Department’s Methods of Literary Studies.

Responding to Writing

Gottschalk, Nancy. The Elements of Teaching Writing: A Resource for Instructors in All Disciplines.

Sommers, Nancy. “Responding to student writing.” College Composition and Communication (1982) 33.2, 148-156.

University of Hawaii at Manoa. “Writing Matters #2: Responding to Student Writing.” http://mwp01.mwp.hawaii.edu/resources/wm2.htm

Science Writing

Beall, Herbert and John Trimbur. A Short Guide to Writing About Chemistry. HarperCollins College Publishers, 1996

Goghill, Anne M. and Lorrin R. Garson, Eds. The ACS (American Chemical Society) Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information. 3rd Ed. Oxford University Press: New York, NY, 2006.

Kovac, Jeffrey and Donna W. Sherwood. Writing Across the Chemistry Curriculum: An Instructor’s Handbook.Prentice-Hall: New York, NY, 2001.

Porush, David. A Short Guide to Writing About Science.