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ERIC Number: ED186888
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Two-Process Model of Paragraph Development.
Woodson, Linda
Paragraph writing mediated by imagery is richer, more flexible, and more creative than that produced by the somewhat impoverished, predictable, one-process model usually taught in composition classes. Since the writing advice given students differs considerably from the practice of professional writers, students should be given exercises that not only help them use concrete evidence or factual support for topic sentences (the one-process model) but also help them build image-producing figures to develop topic sentences (the two-process model). Analysts of language have recognized that language has an underlying substrata of imagery--what Noam Chomsky called "deep structure"--but they have never applied it specifically to the paragraph. A review of imagery schemes that could apply to paragraph development produced a list that includes repetition, regression, opposition, metaphor, implied metaphor (catachresis), representation, reduction, and allegory. Sample paragraphs from professional writing can illustrate the use of these image-producing figures and can help students become conscious of techniques that may be unconscious in the minds of professional writers. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (31st, Washington, DC, March 13-15, 1980).