ERIC Number: ED248505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Sounding the Depths: Computers and Basic Writers.
Since basic writers tend to learn best when only a few skills are presented at a time, composition teachers should introduce these students to word processing and writing simultaneously, demonstrating word processing commands as they complement the writing process. For instance, the use of the insert key can be presented when students need to revise by adding detail, or, the function of the delete key can be explained when students find digressions in their writing. The pedagogical approach may be organized around a series of writing cycles, each of which moves the students through discrete stages of the writing process. During the first class session of each new writing cycle, students meet in the regular classroom to select a personal journal entry to use as the basis for a theme. The second class, held in the computer lab, teaches students new word processing skills. In class three, students edit one another's papers at the computer, and in class four students submit their completed papers. Students who have been introduced to word processing in this way have expressed enthusiasm for the course. They learned how to sequence their revisions and concentrate on content and structure before moving to style and mechanical matters. The computer also helped the students to concentrate on their work and to become independent writers. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Basic Writing
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (35th, New York, NY, March 29-31, 1984).