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Handlist - Keywords and Threshold Concepts

Keywords - from Keywords in Writing Studies (2015)

Threshold Concepts - from Naming What We Know (2015)

  1. Writing Is an Activity and a Subject of Study (15)
    1. Concept 1: Writing Is a Social and Rhetorical Activity
      1. Writing Is a Social and Rhetorical Activity (17)
      2. Writing Is a Knowledge-Making Activity (19)
      3. Writing Addresses, Invokes, and/or Creates Audiences (20)
      4. Writing Expresses and Shares Meaning to Be Reconstructed by the Reader (21)
      5. Words Get Their Meanings from Other Words (23)
      6. Writing Mediates Activity (26)
      7. Writing Is Not Natural (27)
      8. Assessing Writing Shapes Contexts and Instruction (29)
      9. Writing Involves Making Ethical Choices (31)
      10. Writing Is a Technology through Which Writers Create and Recreate Meaning (32)
    2. Concept 2: Writing Speaks to Situations through Recognizable Forms
      1. Writing Speaks to Situations through Recognizable Forms (35)
      2. Writing Represents the World, Events, Ideas, and Feelings (37)
      3. Genres Are Enacted by Writers and Readers (39)
      4. Writing Is a Way of Enacting Disciplinarity (40)
      5. All Writing Is Multimodal (42)
      6. Writing Is Performative (43)
      7. Texts Get Their Meanings from Other Texts (44)
    3. Concept 3: Writing Enacts and Creates Identities and Ideologies
      1. Writing Enacts and Creates Identities and Ideologies (48)
      2. Writing Is Linked to Identity (50)
      3. Writers' Histories, Processes, and Identities Vary (52)
      4. Writing Is Informed by Prior Experience (54)
      5. Disciplinary and Professional Identities Are Constructed through Writing (55)
      6. Writing Provides a Representation of Ideologies and Identities (57)
    4. Concept 4: All Writers Have More to Learn
      1. All Writers Have More to Learn (59)
      2. Text Is an Object Outside of Oneself That Can Be Improved and Developed (61)
      3. Failure Can Be an Important Part of Writing Development (62)
      4. Learning to Write Effectively Requires Different Kinds of Practice, Time, and Effort (64)
      5. Revision Is Central to Developing Writing (66)
      6. Assessment Is an Essential Component of Learning to Write (67)
      7. Writing Involves the Negotiation of Language Differences (68)
    5. Concept 5: Writing Is (Also Always) a Cognitive Activity
      1. Writing Is (Also Always) a Cognitive Activity (71)
      2. Writing Is an Expression of Embodied Cognition (74)
      3. Metacognition Is Not Cognition (75)
      4. Habituated Practice Can Lead to Entrenchment (77)
      5. Reflection is Critical for Writers' Development (78)

Contact Information

Derek N. Mueller, PhD
Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing
Director of Composition
Department of English
Virginia Tech
Office: 315 Shanks Hall
Spring 2019 Office Hours: T, 12-3
Phone: +1-734-985-0485

"[I]n order to constitute the space of a habitable house and a home, you also need an opening, a door and windows, you have to give up a passage to the outside world [l'etranger]. There is no house or interior without a door or windows. The monad of home has to be hospitable in order to be ipse, itself at home, habitable at-home in the relation of the self to itself. But what has always been structured like this is nowadays multiplying both the home and the accessibility of home in proportions and modalities that are absolutely unprecedented" (61). Jacques Derrida, Of Hospitality

"I've said before that every craftsman searches for what's not there to practice his (sic) craft. A builder looks for the rotten hole where the roof caved in. A water-carrier picks the empty pot. A carpenter stops at the house with no door" (4). Rumi qtd. in Lynda Barry, Syllabus

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