ERIC Number: ED197368
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Revision Process for Remedial Writers.
Cannady, Criss E.
The task of writing teachers is to convince the reluctant developmental writer to see writing not just in terms of grammatical correctness, but in terms of process or of discovery. Once the writer begins to see composition in this way, he or she may see that grammar is not irrelevant or arbitrary. By being taught the revision process, students can see themselves as writers, not just as students memorizing grammatical rules. The three stages of revision are oral-revision, correction-revision, and transformation-revision. In the first step, the student is asked to read aloud what he or she has initially written. By repeating sentences out loud, the student starts to hear that writing resembles speech. In step two--after the student has begun to recognize basic grammatical concepts--he or she learns to recognize and eventually remedy his or her mistakes. In this step, the instructor indicates errors in students' writing by placing a bracket around them. By altering mistakes themselves, students are able to grasp grammar in a more immediate way than by just receiving the teacher's corrections. In the third step, by rewriting or revising a previous work, the developmental writer can see that writing is more than a product. Although these three revision steps have been presented as separate steps, the instructor must keep in mind that all three are interchangeable. (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Revision (Written Composition)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (34th, Denver, CO, October 16-18, 1980).