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Research Guides | Library | Amherst College
First-Year Writing Resources
Collected resources on guiding students through the transition from high school to college-level writing.
Fanetti, Susan, Kathy M. Bushrow, and David L. DeWeese. "Closing the Gap between High School Writing Instruction and College Writing Expectations." The English Journal 99, no. 4 (2010): 77-83. Accessed April 9, 2020. www.jstor.org/stable/27807171.
Edited by Patrick Sullivan and Howard Tinberg
Digitized by the Colorado State University Libraries
Just what defines "college-level" writing? This book seeks to engage this essential question with care, patience, and pragmatism, and includes contributions by many well-known scholars such as Edward M. White, Lynn Z. Bloom, Ronald Lunsford, Sheridan Blau, Jeanne Gunner, Muriel Harris, and Kathleen Blake Yancey. This edited collection offers perspectives from high school teachers, who present their concerns about the discrepancy between what they tell their students is important in college writing courses and what students actually learn is important; student contributors, who write about their experiences transitioning from high school writing to college-level writing; and administrators, who address such issues as what other departments within a university consider college-level writing and how an English department develops its standard course syllabi, makes textbook recommendations, and interacts with adjunct faculty members. The collection also offers discussion among contributors, drawn from their exchanges on an interactive website.