Teaching Genre for Transfer: Rhetorical Genre Studies in a Secondary English Classroom

dc.contributor.advisor Barger, Julie
dc.contributor.author Nickerson, Amanda Kathleen
dc.contributor.committeemember Pantelides, Kate
dc.contributor.committeemember Donovan, Kevin
dc.contributor.department English en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-05T20:04:53Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-05T20:04:53Z
dc.date.issued 2018-03-23
dc.description.abstract While Writing Studies scholars such as Angela Rounsaville and Elizabeth Wardle consider the applications of genre and transfer in first-year composition (FYC), few scholars are considering how to apply these topics in middle and high school ELA classrooms. Instead of relying on the prescribed state standards to guide the teaching of writing at the secondary level, this project proposes a pedagogy based on Rhetorical Genre Studies, an approach to genre that finds its genesis with Carolyn Miller and David Russell and has since been extended to questions of transfer by Rounsaville and Wardle. By identifying problems in secondary English Language Arts (ELA) classrooms associated with writing instruction and by offering a brief history of how standardized testing has influenced writing instruction, this project establishes a need for reexamining our writing practices in the secondary context.
dc.description.abstract By offering a nuanced perspective of the challenges of going outside the prescribed secondary curriculum and by closing with applications that could be piloted by other secondary instructors, this project encourages pre-service programs to revise their training methods, and challenges all writing teachers to question the reasons behind our practices as we endeavor to prepare students to be more than test takers.
dc.description.degree M.A.
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/xmlui/handle/mtsu/5664
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject Genre
dc.subject Secondary
dc.subject Teaching
dc.subject Transfer
dc.subject Writing
dc.subject.umi Secondary education
dc.subject.umi Rhetoric
dc.subject.umi Teacher education
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters
dc.title Teaching Genre for Transfer: Rhetorical Genre Studies in a Secondary English Classroom
dc.type Thesis
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