A list of references and suggested reading:

Understanding writers (or students) and culture:

  • David Bartholomae, "Teaching Basic Writing: An Alternative to Basic Skills"
  • Patricia Bizell, "What Happens When Basic Writers Come to College?"
  • Richard H. Haswell, Gaining Ground in College Writing: Tales of Development and Interpretation
  • Steven Johnson, Everything Bad is Good For You
  • Mike Rose, Lives on the Boundary: A Moving Account of the Struggles and Achievements of America's Educationally Underprepared

Understanding literacy, past and present:

  • Shannon Carter, The Way Literacy Lives: Rhetorical Dexterity and Basic Writing Instruction
  • Daniel Keller, "Gaming, Identity, and Literacy"
  • Cynthia L. Selfe and Gail E. Hawisher, Literate Lives in the Information Age: Narratives of Literacy from the United States
  • Deborah Brandt, Literacy in American Lives

Understanding craft and processes:

  • Bruce McComiskey?, Teaching Composition as a Social Process
  • Donald M. Murray, Crafting a Life in Essay, Story, Poem
  • Mike Rose, "Narrowing the Mind and Page: Remedial Writers and Cognitive Reductionism"
  • Jacqueline Jones Royster and Rebecca Greenberg Taylor, "Constructing Teacher Identity in the Basic Writing Classroom"