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ERIC Number: EJ879574
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 74
ISSN: ISSN-0034-527X
Developing Academic Identities: Persuasive Writing as a Tool to Strengthen Emergent Academic Identities
Carbone, Paula M.; Orellana, Marjorie Faulstich
Research in the Teaching of English, v44 n3 p292-316 Feb 2010
This paper examines how writing samples produced by middle school students reveal their emerging academic identities through their rhetorical choices in writing. Analyses of two texts produced by each student revealed students' implicit understandings of the requirements of academic voice. Through comparisons of each student's texts, strategies for taking up academic voices become more transparent. We provide analytic tools with which to reframe how student essays that may not conform to expected conventions of academic writing might be read by teachers, and we suggest that instructional intervention to fill gaps in students' written expression can facilitate students' emergent academic identities. (Contains 2 figures and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A