ERIC Number: ED161060
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Assignments that Succeed: A Case Approach to Composition.
Weiss, Robert H.
The case approach to composition is a successful alternative to the traditional pattern of instruction in which little attention is paid to the writing assignments given to students. An analysis of writing assignments from reputable textbooks reveals that many of them require instruction in some subject matter at the expense of instruction in writing techniques, and that they fail to specify a particular organization, tone, or purpose. The case approach to composition is based on considerations regarding student motivation, students' writing interests and fears, effects of writing for different audiences and of writing papers of various lengths, and elements of the writing process. Case assignments establish realistic problems to solve through writing and specify a specific context and audience. For example, a case on fund raising for an animal shelter calls for the writing of a descriptive brochure, a direct mail solicitation, and a speech. The cases replace essay anthologies and writing textbooks; they supply the writing situations and tasks, and teacher and students supply writing suggestions. Cases are less forbidding than essays, give students a sense of participation, interest them in solving problems through writing, and put them in interesting situations in which context and audience are significant. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (29th, Denver, Colorado, March 30-April 1, 1978)