Classroom Writing Within Core English Courses

Papers, papers, papers. Of course you’ll write plenty of those in BC’s Core English courses, but you’ll write in less formal ways, too. That informal writing counts, in the long run, toward a grade. But your instructor may call this writing “lower stakes.” That’s ironic, however. Though less may seem at stake in informal writing, such work features mightily in a writer’s development. Freed from the burdens of an immediate weighty grade, or inspired at late hours or through fast writing to experiment a bit, or eager to communicate in an authentic voice to peers in open chat-board responses, a student’s informal writing is often…really good! Success and naturalness in the informal writing is sometimes a pipeline toward stronger academic writing. Just as practice leads to a winning game and rehearsal leads to a brilliant show, informal writing leads to…a college writer.

Click on the links here to see reflections on BC’s many “outside of class” lectures, responses to classroom texts, a letter to the editor, and a literacy narrative that showcases how a writer is made.