ERIC Number: ED198547
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Motivating Reluctant Students to Write.
Faced with an evening composition class filled with students inhibited by fears of failure and writing anxieties, the teacher redesigned the course to focus on ways to make writing an activity that could be fun. The teacher's plan for getting the students interested in writing consisted of (1) having students analyze essays they agreed were interesting, using articles primarily from "National Geographic,""Field and Stream," and "Science Digest"; (2) inviting professional writers to class to talk about how they attempt to interest readers in their writing; (3) making assignments based on students' individual interests; (4) promising to publish each student's best work in a class "yearbook"; and (5) seeing to it that there was some newspaper publicity about what the students were doing. The plan was successful in motivating reluctant students and led to a marked improvement in their writing abilities. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Writing Apprehension
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (34th, Denver, CO, October 16-18, 1980).