Scott Warnock’s Teaching Writing Online Chapters # 7-10

In reading Warnock’s (2009) Teaching Writing Online chapters # Seven – ten we are presented with great information that we will be able to use in the future as we end up teaching some of our courses or part of them outline. One of the first things the Warnock brings up in Chapter seven is the debate about reading or how much reading is enough? He writes “Studies show that students do much less ‘traditional ‘ reading than they once did, according to a New York Times article,” (58).

Some of his suggestions on the subject of reading are that we as instructors use an Anthology, or the open web or to send our PDF files. Warnock suggests checking online for newspapers or magazines online. In addition to this, he suggests using blogs or wikis.

He asks the very pertinent question, “How do we know-they read?” (63) He details this subject in chapter twelve, however for this chapter he suggests what he calls the “Five Question Quiz” In which he asks five important questions in reference to the subject matter at hand.

In chapter eight he moves us on to the subject of conversation. He discusses that his primary motive or pedagogical tool for the students to learn is through conversation, “talking”. He suggests that students can do this “talking” through various forms from message boards, blogs, wikis, emails, to word documents posted through emails.

He writes that in his ten-week ” online classes, students write dozens of ‘officicial’ posts, (71). His point is toi get his students to join in the conversation and write. He suggests various forms that the students may be able to this from raising questions to laying out the role ahead of time.

 In chapter nine he moves us on to discussing assignments online and also student texts. He suggests that this can be accomplished by having them write small assignments. This can be done by reviewing other students assignments and also through the use of portfolio writing including the use of a cover letter and table of contents.

In this chapter he discusses peer review, he also suggests that you as the instructor can have the students investigate your writing process. He list various forms that this can be accomplished from blogs to emails,  word documents that can be emailed or posted online, also message boards and through using journals which can be posted online.

In the final chapter which is chapter ten, Warnock suggests we conduct peer reviews suggesting that this will help students help each other out, another point that I found interesting , was that he suggested that we give them our rubric. I found this interesting because I had been discussing this in English 700. I made the comment that when I was teaching seventh graders, the teachers that had been around for a while posted their rubrics of what an “A” paper, “B” paper, “C” paper, “D” Paper, and an “F” paper looked like. Over all i thought the last several chapters in Warnock’s book were very helpful and informative. I intend to use this book very much as a reference guide in the future and now.


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