ERIC Number: ED232158
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The World and the Writing Classroom: The Teaching of the Writers-in-the-Schools.
Writer-teachers in the classroom offer two characteristics central to teaching students to write. The first is the writer's concern and respect for the students' own language and experience, and the second is the writer's broadly conceived sense of audience in the classroom. Writers try to maintain the connection between their students' own language and experience and the writing they will do in the classroom. They use several methods to help students see this connection, such as letting students talk before writing or allowing class collaboration on a poem. The writers also play a variety of audience roles in order to meet students' needs at particular points in their development and at different stages in the writing process, often sharing their work, thoughts, and feelings with students. Students are encouraged to reciprocate. Students also benefit from peer interaction. Writers provide students with opportunities to "publish," in the form of ditto sheets and literary journals, providing yet another audience and the encouragement that publication brings to writers. This audience sequence suggests a further parallel with the sequence of language activities: one way for a teacher to establish himself or herself as an audience deserving of students' trust is to recognize and accept the value of their language and writing interests. Students must begin writing in their own language about things that matter to them, and it is the job of writing teachers to make forms and conventions serve the students' purpose, not the other way around. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Audience Awareness; Teacher Writers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (34th, Detroit, MI, March 17-19, 1983).