ERIC Number: ED040210
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Your Elementary Pupil and the Writer's Cycle of Craft.
Murray, Donald M.
Connecticut English Journal, v2 n1 p3-10 Fall 1969
Pupils can learn to write more effectively if they go through the cycle of prewriting, writing, and rewriting practiced by the publishing author. The writing class should not be hampered through studying writing backward, from the process of reading, or through the restrictive efforts of a too-precise teacher. By becoming aware of his world and gathering the raw specifics that will be paragraphs, the student can begin to find his subject, select his information, choose his vehicle of expression, identify the audience, and develop a feeling for the appropriate structure, tone, and point of view. To pass from prewriting to writing, the difficult first draft can be accomplished through setting deadlines and disregarding grammar, spelling, and other stylistic niceties. Rewriting involves evaluating the work for large problems, such as organization and subject limitation, and later considering the individual units from word through paragraph. In order to teach the cycle of writing most effectively, the teacher must also practice it and share his failures, successes, and solutions with his students. (LH)
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Authoring Institution: Connecticut Council of Teachers of English.