Essential Concepts in the Secondary English Classroom: A Meta-Writing Approach Using Inquiry and Reflection
Thackeray, Elizabeth A.
My project considers how secondary Language Arts instructors can integrate inquiry and reflection into their classrooms as a way to cultivate a conceptual understanding of writing. Although writing instruction has undergone many developments over the last century, most approaches to writing focus primarily on skill development. I seek to investigate how focusing on essential concepts of writing (specifically authorship, audience, and the recursive nature of the writing process) engages students in a learning process that helps them come to a deeper understanding of writing. My project will consider what essential concepts are and why they have a place in the secondary English classroom, how inquiry and reflection are both forms of writing-to-learn, and how inquiry and reflection can work together to help students both experience the essential concepts firsthand, and then understand the concepts and their own process of learning to write.
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