ERIC Number: ED350627
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Evidence of a Ten Phase Writing Pattern.
A series of six studies supports the hypothesis that people write in a cycle of 10 paragraphs. Analysis of two newspaper articles showed that similar words occurred every 10th paragraph. Analysis of a year's worth of the writing of a newspaper columnist found the same sequence of the 10-phase pattern. Analysis of 50 articles from the "Oakland Tribune" found a similar pattern. Analysis of 20 columns written by columnist Jack Anderson in 1991 found that he wrote in a cycle of 10 paragraphs. Analysis of 30 additional columns by Jack Anderson also found a 10-part mental behavior pattern. Analysis of all articles of 10 or more paragraphs in the May 3, 1992 "Oakland Tribune" confirmed the 10-phase writing pattern found in the earlier studies. This research may have implications for the teaching of writing. (RS)
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Cognitive Processes, Language Patterns, Language Usage, Newspapers, Word Frequency, Writing (Composition), Writing Processes, Writing Research
Jesus Books, 1565 Madison St., Oakland, CA 94612 ($10).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Research Replication; Writing Habits; Writing Patterns