Welcome Back!

If you weren't here on the Friday before the holiday, you need to make sure you join a Writing Group!

Daily Writing

Go to the Journal link in Blackboard and respond to the following prompts:

  • Think about the last time you had to compose a piece of writing. What did you do to prepare for this task? How did you get ready to write?
  • Think of a time when you've had someone else read your writing and ask for their feedback (or, perhaps turned in a draft and your teacher returned it with suggestions for corrections). What was that like? Did you use the feedback? In what ways did you change your writing after the feedback?
  • In what ways do you think that writing and reading are connected?
  • Think of all the different sorts of writing you do in a day. List as many kinds of writing as you can think of (yes, texting is writing!). In what ways do you think your writing changes as the purpose for your writing or your audience changes?

Overview of Sondra Perl & Writing Processes

What about this MLA Stuff?

Let's go over some of the main ideas, and create a citation for tonight's Reading Response


  • READ the handout on Writing Processes
  • READ "The Composing Processes of Unskilled College Writers" by Sondra Perl. TAKE NOTES. This is a dense text. You may have to read this more than once for comprehension. Do your best.
  • Compose a Reading Response in which you respond to the following prompts:
    • Why is it significant that Perl concluded the research subjects' writing processes were actually "consistent," instead of "scattered?"
    • What were Perl's critiques of previous writing studies? Discuss the limitations of these studies?
    • Now that you read Perl's approach, how would you distinguish "drafting" from "editing." How do you go about these processes in your own writing?
    • Using modern day technology, describe how you would conduct a study similar to Perl's.
  • Please bring your Reading Response as a printed, stapled document to class on Friday. It's due at the beginning of class and won't be accepted late, per the LC E policy.
  • Make sure to take your Contending Voices book with you to lecture on Friday! :)