ERIC Number: ED202020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Revision for Basic Writers.
Basic writers can be taught to write effective expository prose if they are taught to revise, and they can make considerable progress if they are given opportunities to write narration before tackling the complexities of exposition. Narratives come easily to basic writers and allow them complete control over subject matter and language. The responses of classmates, both oral and written, can help basic writers develop a much needed sense of themselves as writers. They will begin to acquire tentative indications of their abilities as communicators, understanding that concern over clarity and grammar are the concerns not solely of writing teachers but of all listeners and readers. Specific procedures developed for a wide range of grammar and sentence structure problems can help students monitor and eliminate such problems, so that communication becomes the major concern in all writing assignments in the second semester of the course. Students will still lack the conventions of expository writing, however, so instructors must make as explicit as possible what the conventions are and give students numerous opportunities to become familiar with them. (Guides for group work, problem monitoring, and revision are appended.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Revision (Written Composition)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (32nd, Dallas, TX, March 26-28, 1981).