ERIC Number: ED173785
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Individualizing the Teaching of Writing.
Morris, Sarah M.
An approach to teaching composition that involves small groups not only helps students to improve their writing skills but also teaches them to enjoy the process of learning. The approach calls for meetings with the entire class at the beginning of the semester so that students can become familiar with materials to be used in evaluating their writing. After two weeks, the students sign up for small groups and the class meets as a whole only occasionally thereafter. For the rest of the semester, the groups meet and discuss each member's rough drafts while the teacher helps the discussion as necessary and marks the original paper. Students are encouraged to write by preparing an outline, by getting the facts firmly in mind, by writing as rapidly as possible, and by concentrating on content rather than mechanics. Papers are short -- four hundred or five hundred word -- so that a student may go through the entire writing process each week. Such an approach motivates students and creates a sense of fun and worth. (TJ)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Colorado Language Arts Society/National Council of Teachers of English Regional Conference (Colorado Springs, Colorado, February 23-25, 1979)