Naming What We Know

Some short extracts about key writing concepts from Naming What We Know, edited by Linda Adler-Kassner and Elizabeth Wardle (Utah State University Press, 2015).

Cover image from Naming What We Know

Threshold Concepts about Writing

The following brief readings explore one of five "threshold concepts" about writing that we find very valuable to our understanding of writing in the Writing Centre.

Read through these articles (each is no more than 2 pages and should take only a few minutes per text) and then post 2-3 questions about what you learned in the discussion forum below.

Writing is a Social and Rhetorical Activity

Writing is a Knowledge-Making Activity, by Heidi Estrem.

Writing Speaks to Situations through Recognizable Forms

Writing is a Way of Enacting Disciplinarity, by Neal Lerner.

Writing Enacts and Creates Identities and Ideologies

Writing is Linked to Identity, by Kevin Roozen.

All Writers Have More to Learn

All Writers Have More to Learn, by Shirley Rose.

Writing is (Also Always) a Cognitive Activity

Reflection is Critical for Writers' Development, by Kara Taczak.

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