ERIC Number: ED366964
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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Integrating Classroom Discussion into the Writing Process.
Students can be motivated to write and be guided through the writing process without giving them the impression that they are doing it again until they get it right. To motivate students, make it known as specifically as possible what kind of written assignment will be required and how it will be graded. Then guide the students towards the goal by giving them pointers, encouragement, and opportunity--reminding them that they do not have to worry about starting at the beginning when they write. Advise students to use a word processor, if possible; and invite students' thoughts in class discussion by specifically asking about complaints, fears, anxieties, and problems. During a class session, student articulation of specific complaints helps them see the value of the assignment. The teacher is given the chance to answer each specific complaint, and students learn to express themselves in ways other than slamming locker doors and grunting obscenities. When announcing the writing assignment, be flexible about the due date. Instead of reading one student's entire essay to the class in one droning narration and then asking, "What do you think of that essay?", read the essay sentence by sentence and, where appropriate, ask "What's good about that sentence?" and "What's weak about that sentence?" Once the class gets used to this pair of questions as regular discussion stimulators, nobody feels publicly picked on when the essays are being read. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Writing Contexts; Writing Development; Writing Motivation
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