ERIC Number: ED185565
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Rhetorically-Oriented Revision: The Transformation of Prose.
If revision is as important as most teachers think it is and if students do not revise their work or cannot do it well, then teachers need to find ways to get students to revise involuntarily. Teachers could begin by emphasizing that revision is done primarily for the reader's benefit. That the revision stage of writing should rely heavily on adapting to and for one's audience is not new, but most studies supporting rhetorically-oriented revision still attend only to the microlevels of discourse, dealing almost exclusively with the word and the sentence. A shift from this position, getting writing teachers and their students to treat revision as transformation, would get students to think of drafts of compositions as bases on which to build by adding, deleting, and reordering--rhetorically-oriented revision at both the micro- and macro levels. The result of this attention to revision as transformation enables students to master the necessary skills of revision, to face writing tasks without fears, and to prevent writing from being a waste of time. (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Revision (Written Composition)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (31st, Washington, DC, March 13-15, 1980).