4th Edition

Preparing to Teach Writing
Research, Theory, and Practice

ISBN 9780415640572
Published February 11, 2014 by Routledge
356 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations

USD $94.95

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Book Description

Preparing to Teach Writing, Fourth Edition is a comprehensive survey of theories, research, and methods associated with teaching composition successfully at the middle,  secondary, and college levels. Research and theory are examined with the aim of informing teaching. Practicing and prospective writing teachers need the information and strategies this text provides to be effective and well prepared for the many challenges they will face in the classroom.


  • Current—combines discussions and references to foundational studies that helped define the field of rhetoric and composition, with updated research, theories, and applications
  • Research based—thorough examination of relevant research in education, literacy, cognition, linguistics, and grammar
  • Steadfast adherence to best practices based on how students learn and on how to provide the most effective writing instruction
  • A Companion Website provides sample assignments and student papers that can be analyzed using the research and theory presented in the text.

Table of Contents

Brief Contents
Part I:  Research and Theory
Chapter One:  Classical Foundations of Modern Writing Instruction 
Chapter Two:  The Modern Period 
Chapter Three:  Reading and Writing 
Chapter Four:  Public Schools and College: 
Chapter Five:  Grammar and Writing 
Chapter Six:  English Language Learners and Writing 
Chapter Seven:  Dialects 
Part II:  Writing Pedagogy 
Chapter Eight:  Best Practices 
Chapter Nine:  Writing Assignments 
Chapter Ten:  Assessing Writing 

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James D. Williams is Professor of Rhetoric & Linguistics, Soka University, USA.

Support Material

Companion Website

Please visit our companion website for additional support materials.