Group Discussions--Day One
A basic writer is a person with minimal experience with writing or someone who is not comfortable with their writing style. It is someone who has struggled with writing in the past or is not very skilled in writing.
-02/13/07-A New Definition:
A basic writer might be someone with a different dialect, someone who speaks a different language, or someone who is unfamiliar with writing standard academic English. A basic writer may struggle with academic writing or may see a disjuncture between their academic writing and their perception of what writers do.
Olaf, Butch, Melanie, and Anne
A basic writer is someone who does not meet traditional, academic, Standard English expectations. They can also have barriers to their success, including socioeconomic problems, are ESL students, and lack grammar instruction.
New Definition A basic writer is someone who does not meet traditional, academic, Standard English expectations. They can also have obstacles to their success, including socioeconomic status, race, gender, and first language.
Meredith, Noelle, Elva, and Erica
People who struggle to communicate their thoughts in writing, and lack the confidence to translate their ideas into written form. These students can range from international, non traditional, ESL, and overall students who haven't acquired "basic writing" skills.
Revised: Let's try an illustraton:
Open scene: There is a GANG of English teachers wielding red pens and grammar handbooks. they are at the entrance of a town called ACADAMIA.
Enter our HERO/HEROINE, (geez we're trying to be politically correct.) The hero goes by BW for Basic Writer or writress and can be played by anyone (non traditional role, interational, ESL, first generation, or even rich kid gone bad, or perhaps, merely a product of TAAS and TAKS brain cell removal.
The hero desperately attempts to get into the town of Acadamia but is pushed back and forth as the gang shouts, "slang!" or "nonstandard english" or "gramatical error."
As the hero tries again and again to get through, it isn't until they have developed enough confidence, given to them by a strange (think magical realism) pen and paper set that gives them the magical words that will assuage the gang of riley teachers.
Will our hero prevail? The question is in the hands of budgets, teachers, and process.