We need a book for folks who've never had any training in teaching writing to help them teach writing.
We all sort of know this, that a lot of people who get PhDs in English never took a composition class and never had any training in teaching composition. As a group, we tended to be the folks who figured out writing more or less pretty early and found it fairly easy, and cruised through the writing part of college. We also probably loved reading (a likely contributor to the ease with which we picked up writing).
And so, we're exactly the wrong people to teach writing on some level. We don't struggle with writing the way a lot of students do, and we haven't had to work through steps to getting writing projects done. We probably struggled with the dissertation, but that's a different thing than struggling with a three page paper on whether you support campus efforts to stop using cafeteria trays.
If there were a book on teaching writing for folks who are suddenly teaching writing in college, what would it look like? (Is there such a book already?)
Audience: for English and related fields: grad students, faculty members, others? What about people who might be getting involved in writing across the discipline or writing within the discipline?
Background stuff, short and positioned, on the current thoughts on "correctness" and writing. Also, something about how non-linear writing development is, and how utterly crappily we all write when we're using writing to learn difficult, complex, new stuff.
Assignment strategies, specifically for writing assigments that will work well for a college writing class, including research type assignments, and also a variety of writing assignments for writing in and across disciplines.
Grading strategies, omg, there must be a better way than what I've done and it must not involve a machine.
Pre-writing, both strategies and a why do this section: freewriting, listing, bubble-mapping (call them what you will), summarizing.
Teaching critical reading skills, I can't even begin to list this stuff this morning.
Teaching research skills
Should the book include syllabus writing strategies? Building skills stuff? What else?