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This section will focus on the current make-up of first year composition courses both by the instructors as well as the institutions.

I found four texts to be useful for this section, as well as my understanding of what constitutes a composition classroom:

The first two provide essays that discuss how composition classrooms should be structured by the teachers themselves, while the latter discuss the current make-up of composition courses.

In his essay "Room for 'Us' to Play: The Teacher as a Midwife" author Matthew Parfitt examines the role of teachers in the composition classroom. I feel this is essential to understanding just how the composition classroom works (or should work, according to Parfitt).

In the chapter "Ground Rules in College Composition" of Collision Course Russel K. Durst talks about "teachers' more tacit or underlying expectations of what students need to know and do in order to successfully carryout an academic task" (66).

So, while teachers have certain "ground rules" they have to follow, such as university guidelines and course requirements, they also have their own ways in which they approach the course as well as their students. This, in my opinion, is essential to the make-up of composition courses because teachers are as unique as their students, and the ground rules for each composition classroom help students adjust to their first year of college.

In her essay, "Delivering College Composition: a Vocabulary for Discussion" Kathleen Blake Yancey examines the three terms -college, composition and delivery- and how their meaning has changed over the years.

In another essay, "Delivering College Composition into the Future," Yancey discusses her expectations for the future of composition instruction.

"Writing at the Postsecondary Level" by Russel K. Durst looks at the writing process of students in their first year of colloge as well as the challenges instructors face in the classroom.

These sources examine the question about what should be included in composition courses. I felt it was necessary to discuss this question before moving on to the topic at hand: the presence of literature in the composition classroom.

The works cited for these sources can be found on the "final versions" page.

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