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What Do We Teach When We Teach Writing?

By: Carol Booth Olson
Publication: The Quarterly, Vol. 8, No. 3
Date: June 1986

Summary: Olson finds no answer to this question. "A teacher's job is to empower students to tap their natural [language] resources—not to put language into their heads, but to help them express what's already there."


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