With passion, clarity, and rich examples, Reclaiming Writing is dedicated to reawakening the journeys that writers take as they make sense of, think about, and speak back to their worlds in this era of high-stakes testing and mandated curricula. Classrooms and out-of-school settings are described and analyzed in exciting and groundbreaking narratives that provide insights into the many possibilities for writing that support writers’ searches for voice, identity, and agency.

Offering pedagogical strategies and the knowledge base in which they are grounded, the book looks at writing within various areas of the curriculum and across modes of writing from traditional text-based forums to digital formats. Thematically based sections present the pillars of the volume’s critical transactive theory: learning, teaching, curriculum, language, and sociocultural contexts. Each chapter is complemented by an extension that offers application possibilities for teachers in various settings. Reclaiming Writing emphasizes literacy as a vehicle for exploring, interrogating, challenging, finding self, talking back to power, creating a space in the world, reflecting upon the past, and thinking forward to a more joyful and democratic future.

chapter 1|10 pages


Reclaiming Writing

part I|46 pages


chapter 2|16 pages

Shoshana Learns to Write

A Longitudinal Study

chapter 3|14 pages

Artful Bookmaking

Learning by Design

part III|47 pages


chapter 9|16 pages

Writing Pictures, Drawing Stories

Reclaiming Multimodal Composing in First Grade

chapter 10|15 pages

Sing Me a Song of Writing

Transforming the Writing Curriculum With the Help of One Child's Determination

part IV|46 pages


part V|57 pages

Sociocultural Contexts

chapter 15|14 pages

Digital Media, Critical Literacy, and the Everyday

Exploring Writing in the Twenty-First Century

chapter 16|16 pages

Democratic Writing in Video Production

Reclaiming the Social Nature of Writing Practices