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    The Block
    (2003-01-01) Bromell, Nicholas
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    Why Deny Speakers of African American Language a Choice Most of Us Offer Other Students?
    (2008-01-01) Elbow, Peter
    Mainstream teachers commonly invite mainstream students to freewrite and use very informal language for early and mid drafts of important academic essays--and hold off surface editing till the end. This amounts to inviting mainstream students to do lots of writing in their spoken vernacular--and to wait till the end to edit into a clearly different dialect: edited ("correct standard") written English. This essay argues the same approach for speakers of African American Language--and addresses objections.
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    The Believing Game--Methodological Believing
    (2008-01-01) Elbow, Peter
    A defintion of the believing and doubting games; a thumbnail idealized history of believing and doubting; and three arguments why we need the believing game. Paper given 4/08 at annual CCCC.
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    Vernacular Literacy
    (2006-01-01) Elbow, Peter
    How our present culture of literacy serves to exclude many many potential writers--and why changing that culture is a sensible and feasible goal
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    Voice in Writing Again: Embracing Contraries
    (2007-11-01) Elbow, Peter
    "Voice in writing" has fallen into a kind of limbo as a topic: it's vexed; it's discredited by most composition scholars; it's not much written about recently; and yet it remains widely used by readers, teachers, and writers. I examine good reasons for paying lots of attention to voice when we read and teach writing; and also good reasons for ignoring it. And finally insist that we can usefully do both.