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I’m doing my research paper on wikis and wikipedia. I want to focus on how writing for wikis in composition helps understand composition theory in a new light. Specifically, so far I have Bartholomae’s “Inventing the University” article and McCormick’s socio-cultural model of reading used in her book The Culture of Reading and The Teaching of English to shed light on writing for Wikipedia. I draw heavily from Robert E. Cumming’s book Lazy Virtues: Teaching Writing in the Age of Wikipedia, which won the Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize for 2009. Cummings lays out a theoretical argument for why composition teachers should assign students to write for Wikipedia as well as a chapter on the actual assignment details.

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