ERIC Number: ED041007
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
A Summer Writing Workshop for Disadvantaged Students: Trial Run for Moffett, Murray, and Dixon.
Warren, Robert P., Jr.
Connecticut English Journal, v2 n1 p10-17 F 1969
Fifty disadvantaged urban boys ranging from ages 11 to 16 participated in a 6-week summer writing workshop patterned on the ideas of James Moffett, Donald Murray, and John Dixon. The students were divided into groups of five, were trained in methods of group discussion (aided by video tapes to prepare them for profitable analysis of each others' work), and were given personal journals for daily free writing. Students were then asked to write something for the group, and fruitful discussion ensued on the differences between private and public writing, feel for audience, and choice of language and incidents. Units on memory writing, sensory writing, and dramatic writing were taught to develop ability to utilize detail and skills in observation and close textual analysis. The workshop captured the imagination and enthusiasm of most students (with 45 completing the majority of assignments), although the teachers' initial overemphasis on mechanics and the students' inability to revise created problems. Individual instruction via tape recordings was recommended for teaching proper selling and punctuation. (MF)
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Authoring Institution: Connecticut Council of Teachers of English.