Readings about Reading

14 Reading and Writing are not Connected

Ellen C. Carillo

In this essay from Bad Ideas About Writing, Ellen C. Carillo uses research to disprove the belief that “Reading and Writing are not Connected.” Instead, Carillo demonstrates how students in writing classes can benefit from thinking and practices that consider the relationships between these two activities.

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Keywords from this chapter in Bad Ideas about Writing

literacy acquisition, , , , reading wars, reading–writing connections


Author Bio

Ellen C. Carillo is an associate professor of English at the University of Connecticut and the writing program administrator at its Waterbury campus. She is the author of Securing a Place for Reading in Composition: The Importance of Teaching for Transfer, as well as articles and chapters on the place of reading in the teaching of writing. Ellen has earned grants to conduct research on reading–writing connections in the classroom and regularly presents her findings and scholarship at national conferences. She is also a founding member and co-leader of “The Role of Reading in Composition Studies” special interest group, which meets at the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s annual convention.


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