ERIC Number: ED196040
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Encouraging Thoughtful Revision in a Kinneavy-Framed Advanced Composition Course.
In addition to helping students revise thoughtfully by placing them in situations where revision matters, advanced composition instructors can use the complementary method of discourse analysis scales. These scales provide advanced writers with ample data for making decisions about revisions, and for identifying relevant semantic, syntactic, and rhetorical features of an assigned discourse. Readers provide descriptive and evaluative information about paired features on continuums which the teacher designs. One advantage of the scales is that they provide a writer with specific and relatively complete information about a particular paper. Scales can be designed to describe particular features that follow from the central aim of a given piece of discourse. The resulting data are more objectively conveyed than teachers' personal responses, such as "You failed to . . .," or "You neglected to . . .." A second advantage of the scales is that they help students read more critically. (The use of discourse analysis scales is illustrated by describing their use in an advanced composition course based on James Kinneavy's theories of discourse. A list of paired features for generating scales is provided on expressive writing, such as personal narrative or autobiography.) (RL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Kinneavy (James); Revision (Written Composition)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the New York College English Association Conference (Saratoga Springs, NY, October 3-4, 1980).