Composition and Rhetoric Section

This page is dedicated to studying for the Composition and Rhetoric section of the exam, which is an alternative to Part 1-C.

Each year this section is informed by the coursework offered by the Composition and Rhetoric faculty at the Graduate Center, and therefore the study material should be arranged with the mentorship of those faculty members who led courses during the academic year proceeding the test. This year, Andrew Lucchesi and Amanda Licastro will be taking the Comp/Rhet portion of the exam. Our study guide is based on Sondra Perl’s “Exploring Pedagogies” course offered in the Spring of 2011.

After speaking with Sondra Perl we have assembled a reading list that focuses on Process and Collaboration based pedagogical approaches. From this reading we hope to become familiar with the history, terminology, critical perspectives, and future considerations of these theories.  We are reading these texts in chronological order by publication date.

Here is our reading list:

Sondra Perl “The Composing Processes of Unskilled College Writers”
Janet Emig from “The Composing Processes of Twelfth Graders” Ch 6 & 7
Emig “Writing as a Mode of Learning”

Donald Murray “Teach Writing as a Process not a Product”
Peter Elbow Writing Without Teachers

Ken Bruffee “Collaborative Learning and the ‘Conversation of Mankind”
Bruffee from Collaborative Learning Intro and Ch 1

Howard from Standing on the Shoulders of Giants Ch 4 & 8

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