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ERIC Number: ED077007
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Nov
Pages: 10
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Frittered Away by Details: Some Thoughts on Teaching Specifics.
Symes, Ken M.
Teaching students to use specific details is perhaps the college writing teacher's most troublesome job. Much time and effort is wasted by marking students' papers with comments such as "specify,""details,""illustrate," or "demonstrate." Significant concrete details should occur to a writer before the generalization does, since the best kind of details that support an idea or suggest a feeling inhere in it from its beginning. An analysis of the mental operations which occur in the writing of details reveals that the student who is most proficient at this aspect of writing is able to put himself in the place of other readers even as he writes. To enable students to acquire this ability, teachers should assign students dramatic situations from which to write, spend time on pre-writing, and attempt to make students aware both of the tendency of the mature mind to generalize and of the difficulty of reversing generalizations to go back to the facts that led to them. (Author/DD)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (62nd, Minneapolis, November 23-25, 1972)