ERIC Number: ED218676
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Technique for Teaching Exposition: Medieval and Modern.
Russell, David R.
A technique sometimes known as patterned prose or case book exposition is an effective way to improve student writing while also holding their interest. It may also help solve a problem pointed to by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP): students' inability to think about what they read. The technique is simple. The teacher chooses the question, provides the information, and specifies the forms of the students' persuasive essays. First students are given an information sheet with a question and a series of quotations from authorities, some positive and some negative. Next they are presented with a model essay whose various parts--title, thesis, evidence, transitions, and conclusion--are outlined in the left margin. Students then write essays based on this model, refining the process as they progress. This kind of activity is as old as the western university: "quaestiones disputatae" have worked for 700 years, which is a good reason to try them again. The "Congressional Digest" and "The Reference Shelf" are good information resources for this technique. (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English (Stillwater, OK, April 16-17, 1982).