In “Kitchen Tables and Rented Rooms: The Extracurriculum of Composition” by Anne Ruggles Gere, the act of writing outside academic settings and its importance to literacy development and achievement is explored. Gere examines how extracurricular writing helps inexperienced writers enhance their self-esteem, help them gain confidence, and help them “begin to think of themselves as writers.” (76). Writing outside of classrooms gives people the freedom to write what they want, whereas classrooms limit writing through the boundaries set by the institutions and educators. Gere questions how educators can incorporate the qualities of extracurricular writing into an academic setting in order to form inclusive literacy.
Gere starts by introducing