ERIC Number: ED172194
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Cases for Composition: A Theoretical Model for Writing Instruction.
Weiss, Robert H.; Field, John P.
To aid in the understanding of "cases" for writing (defined as highly focused situations in which students assume a role that demands writing to specific audiences and for utilitarian purposes), this paper begins by outlining the problem case faced by the author: to present a convincing argument for the use of the case approach to composition. It then notes that the purpose of cases in a composition course should be to engender writing, suggests how composition teachers can use a case approach, and describes three sample cases. For one of the cases--which requires students to write about baseball rules in answer to questions from the 11-year-old Indonesian pen pal of an American boy--the paper includes the "letters" from the Indonesian boy, outlines the writing assignments for the case, and describes the values of using the case in a composition class. Finally, the paper outlines the three key assumptions on which the case approach to composition is based: writing can be taught most effectively when students accept its purpose; the reading in a writing course must lead closely and directly to the writing; and the principles of good writing are better learned from carefully designed writing assignments than from prescribed rules of composition. (GT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association of America (93rd, New York City, December 27-30, 1978); For related document, see ED 161 060