ERIC Number: ED335692
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-23
Reference Count: N/A
Defining and Animating Flat Text: A Case Study.
Vanden Akker, Sherri L.
A student was able to overcome flatness in his writing when he focused on the process of writing rather than the product. The student's draft of an essay about a symbol the student found meaningful contained spelling and grammatical errors and was also "flat." The essay had no apparent thesis, demonstrated lack of success in issues of writing style, and showed little voice. The student, responding to the teacher's comments on his essay, indicated that he had lost himself somewhere in the writing process--he had turned the essay topic from something he cared about (the gift of a watch) not care about time. He had become more concerned with the final into something he did product of writing rather than the process of writing as discovery. Subsequent drafts demonstrated improved theses, an improved writing style, and a greater use of "voice." By treating the writing process as one of discovery, the student entered into a dialogical relationship first with himself and then with his audience. Flat text is not an insurmountable problem: it is something teachers and students can both understand and work to overcome. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Voice (Rhetoric); Writing Style
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (42nd, Boston, MA, March 21-23, 1991).