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Preparing to Teach Writing

Research, Theory, and Practice, 4th Edition

By James D. Williams


338 pages | 25 B/W Illus.

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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



About the Author

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Composition & Creative Writing