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ERIC Number: ED175011
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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The Magic Ingredient in the Teaching of Written Composition: Prelude, Theme, and Variations.
Mersand, Joseph
Perhaps because writing is a comparatively recent development in human history, it is more difficult to teach than any other aspect of communication. It is essential in teaching writing to enlist the interest and the pleasure of the pupil. Some ways to do this include: preceding the writing process with speaking and listening, providing for individual differences in interest and ability, providing as many enriching experiences as possible in and out of the classroom, discussing anything in the news that will interest the class, giving sufficient time for gestation of an idea, and allowing opportunities for sharing written work. Some principles of evaluation include doing it on a one-to-one basis, giving positive encouragement, looking for only a few errors at a time, having students judge each other's work, emphasizing content over mechanics, inspiring students' pride in their work, and rewarding excellence in writing as excellence is rewarded in other fields. The surroundings for good writing may be created by making the room as attractive as possible, providing alcoves for those who like to be alone while writing, and providing proper reference books. An effective writing teacher must grow with the subject by keeping up in reading and by participating in professional organizations. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the New York State English Council (28th, Rochester, New York, September 21-23, 1978); Not available in paper copy due to marginal legibility of original document