ERIC Number: ED202026
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
From Composition to Career: Sequential Assignments for Professional Writing.
Bisson, Lillian M.
Seeking to involve students more actively in their writing assignments, two teachers developed a group of sequential writing assignments with an interdisciplinary emphasis for students in an advanced writing course. The goal of these writing assignments was to give students who had solved most of their mechanical writing problems a chance to explore their own experiences and achieve an active command in a particular subject area while polishing their writing skills. Each assignment had a cycle of four activities designed to involve students in increasingly complex writing tasks. The four stages of each writing assignment were as follows: (1) a free writing activity in which students would "brainstorm" their subject area; (2) a focused, structured paragraph of 12 to 15 sentences on the topic, again depending exclusively on personal experience; (3) a structured essay of five to six paragraphs, designed for a general audience, that added support to the personal-experience material with information from the popular media; and (4) a structured report intended for a specialized audience and supported with information from professional books and journals as well as from the popular media and personal experience. The cycle was used in four writing assignments throughout a semester and combined with additional instruction on rhetoric, writing mechanics, and research methodology. (RL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Advanced Composition
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (32nd, Dallas, TX, March 26-28, 1981).