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ERIC Number: ED373338
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Getting the Right Meaning with the Right Words: Applying Elbow in the Writer's Workshop.
Luttmer, Rudy; Labercane, George
A case study of one 14-year old boy whose writing skills were falling behind those of his peers explored how a tutorial program would enhance his skills. The tutorial sessions, which occurred twice a week for one school year, followed a process approach to writing that invited the boy to brainstorm possible topics, attempt multiple drafts, edit and revise drafts, and finally to bring edited drafts to a form considered acceptable for final grading. Findings indicated first that revision for the student was at first cosmetic (correction of mechanical errors, punctuation, spelling). On several occasions the tutor modeled certain types of revision; he would write a piece in conjunction with the student and then work through his own revision process orally. The boy responded with interest and began to use some of his tutor's editing phrases: "That will have to go" or "That sentence doesn't work." Second, after three months of one-to-one tutoring, the boy's revision process showed signs of progress; it moved from cosmetic corrections to major structural and informational revisions. As he became more adept at revising, the student became increasingly aware of the necessity of significant revision. Third, the boy's revision process at the end had internalized, to some degree, the value of the writing process. Implications are that the tutorial method is ideal in teaching revision. An important part of the revision process for the boy was sharing his revisions aloud. (Two figures are included.) (TB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Elbow (Peter); Writing Development