ERIC Number: ED209662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Individualized Revision Heuristics and Other Techniques for Teaching Revision.
Coe, Richard M.
Writing teachers can use several techniques to focus student attention on revision and to guide students, revision processes. Asking students to make an outline of what they have already written (after the draft is complete, just before the conclusion is drafted, or when the writer is blocked and does not know what to write next) enables a writer to see the structure of what she or he has been saying. After the draft is complete, the outline functions as a basis for revision. Teachers can focus student attention on the rhetorical context by having them write brief descriptions of purpose, audience, and occasion on the cover sheets of their papers. Discussion of rhetorical context in class also helps student writers realize when revision is needed. Another way to help students see the potential in revision involves helping each student develop an individualized revision heuristic. The heuristic can be prepared by analyzing students' strengths and weaknesses as writers, or by having students choose questions from coursework and textbooks, then rephrase the questions to focus attention on individual weaknesses. (RL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Audience Awareness; Outlines; 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).