ERIC Number: ED225176
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Expanding the Freewriting Heuristic.
Freewriting can be more than merely a prewriting heuristic that provides preparation for more advanced kinds of writing. A class at Jefferson Davis State Junior College (Alabama) attempts to promote the lack of pressure as well as the freedom and spontaneity that freewriting allows to a traditional composition course. In this class, freewritings are the major source for instruction in all areas of composition. Focused freewriting topics are presented daily in a deliberate sequence designed to move students from the personal to the outside world. This sequential approach balances the freedom of freewriting with the discipline of traditional methodology. Several guidelines--counting ideas, jotting down supporting details, examining word choice and verb tense, summarizing the thesis in a sentence, and using the journalistic heuristic--help move the students from freewriting to first draft. With the course structured according to the traditional elements of composing, the students' freewriting serves as the source of examples at every stage, from word choice to the entire composition, without any stigma of "right" or "wrong." (JL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Freewriting; Heuristics
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (Atlanta, GA, November 11-13, 1982).