The Critical Writer
Inquiry and the Writing Process
by Joyce Armstrong Carroll, EdD, HLD, and Edward E. Wilson
April 2014, 118pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-237-3
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This book seeks to convince educators to incorporate inquiry in all of the students’ work—not just in one research paper or major project.

High-quality original writing doesn't happen by accident; it results from a logical, inquiry-based process. Educators will be able to apply the concepts and techniques in this book to help their students master the critical writing process.

Many students tremble at the mere thought of “the dreaded research paper” when in fact the inquiry process that should be applied for a writing project should be an engaging and exciting mental activity. This work explains how teachers and librarians can guide the critical writing process to go hand-in-hand with inquiry and produce logical and carefully honed papers.

The Critical Writer: Inquiry and the Writing Process starts with a general treatment of inquiry to detailed coverage of specific teaching strategies, explaining how critical writers should make the proper emendations during prewriting and while drafting as well as during the revising process. The book presents fresh information and teaching techniques that can be applied by anyone in the field of education with students of any grade level; examples from kindergarten through instructors in teacher training are included.

Features

  • Presents information about one school district's application of—and results from—authors Carroll and Wilson's inquiry-based critical writing schemata throughout the year
  • Combines accessible explanations of pedagogical theory with practical guidance on how to teach the writing process along with the inquiry process
  • Offers information directly related to helping students achieve standards
Joyce Armstrong Carroll, EdD, HLD, is co-director of Abydos Literacy Learning. Her published works include ABC-CLIO's Acts of Teaching: How to Teach Writing; Brushing Up on Grammar, and Four by Four: Practical Methods for Writing Persuasively. Carroll has been in the field of education for 54 years, teaching every grade level including 18 years of college teaching.

Edward E. Wilson is co-director of Abydos Literacy Learning. His published works include ABC-CLIO's Acts of Teaching: How to Teach Writing; Brushing Up on Grammar, and Four by Four: Practical Methods for Writing Persuasively. Wilson owns Absey, a small publishing company that specializes in teacher idea books.
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