In Why They Can’t Write: Killing the Five-Paragraph Essay and Other Necessities, I discuss how I believe that much of the writing students are asked to do for school are “writing-related simulations” rather than experiences rooted in genuine rhetorical situations and genres that reflect the writing we encounter in the wider world. The research paper is perhaps chief among those simulations, a perennial disappointment where students go through the motions of research, but rarely have the time or experience necessary to produce something we recognize as scholarship. Andre Costopolous shares his approach to a whole-class research project…


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