Having now spent two fall semesters in a row trawling the web for research and advice on the teaching of freshman composition, I have come to the conclusion that all useful thinking on the subject ceased in 1985.*
Prior to 1985, people are thinking and writing all manner of helpful stuff; after 1985 you get the rise of the boss compositionists and the erasure of the sentence.
The compositionists are still busy erasing the knowledge we used to have:
Before: Campus Writing Program | Indiana University - grading; sequenced microthemes; pamphlets for students, etc. Good stuff.
Node Chairs Move Students to New Activity
Honest to God: this is Indiana University's Campus Writing Program, and they've devoted an entire page to a furniture purchase.
* a proposed factoid that supports my hit-by-a-meteor hypothesis