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Because Writing Matters


reviewed by Timothy Cheeseman — 2004

coverTitle: Because Writing Matters
Author(s): National Writing Project & Carl Nagin
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787965626, Pages: 138, Year: 2003
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It is a particular challenge to write a book about writing; especially when the target audience is those who teach writing. Because Writing Matters, by the National Writing Project (NWP) and Carl Nagin, only partially succeeds. The book’s first half whimpers in dismal redundancy, but it does unfold into a nice little squall by the end. While it is an interesting, succinct, well–organized detail of changes in pedagogy and practice, it is not a compelling resource, provides few unique epiphanies, and lacks distinct practical application in the field of education. Ultimately, while portions might be useful for administration or curriculum personnel, the book fails to secure an audience and lingers like familiar rumor. Because Writing Matters is pieced out in six chapters that run the spectrum of writing’s complexity, evidentiary discussions, professional development, standards and assessments, and the role of administration. The text is littered with offset, pithy word bites and gray-boxed sidebars featuring excerpts from other texts and those in the field. It is... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 898-900
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11213, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 6:44:07 PM

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  • Timothy Cheeseman
    Shawnee High School, Ohio
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    TIMOTHY CHEESEMAN teaches English at Shawnee High School in Lima, Ohio and writing at Ohio Northern University and Rhodes State College. He received an M.F.A. in Writing from Bowling Green State University in 1996 and a B.S. from The Ohio State University in 1989. Timothy has been writing and teaching at the secondary and postsecondary level since 1993. His poetry has recently appeared in The Evansville Review and Facets Literary Magazine, and he received the Sacramento Poetry Prize in 1998. He is currently directing his school’s production of Annie Get Your Gun and lives in Lima, Ohio with his wife Kellie Armey, son Tristam, and two unruly cats.
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