ERIC Number: ED186905
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Practical Application of Reading Theory and Technique to Classroom Composition.
Hayes, Mary F.
Integrating reading theory and instructional techniques into the composition classroom helps students improve both their reading and writing skills. Students should be evaluated early by combining diagnostic samples of their reading and writing to determine their ability to recognize organizational relationships and their facility with reading strategies. One of the most practical and easily integrated reading techniques is the cloze procedure, a method that systematically deletes words in written passages, requiring the reader to fill in gaps to make the message whole again. The three basic kinds of cloze exercises are the concept related, content related, and structural. The most useful to the writing teacher is the structural exercise that students can use to check how well they organize and develop ideas, how smoothly they write, how closely they connect ideas, and how well their papers pass the requirements of "predictability" essential in good, clear writing. (Appended are a selected bibliography on reading and the writing teacher, instructions for developing cloze exercises, and samples from student essays.) (AEA)
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 Conference on College Composition and Communication (31st, Washington, DC, March 13-15, 1980).