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ERIC Number: ED077009
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Oct
Pages: 16
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Writing with Fire.
Bennett, John H.
This paper proposes that the personal theme is a solution to the problem of motivating high school students to write better. The author, a high school English teacher, found that his students wrote poorly because they were writing on topics of which they had no intimate knowledge and because the theme assignments pleased the teacher, not the students. In an effort to overcome these shortcomings, the author asked his students to write for twelve minutes of each day on any topic from their own experience. After collecting the themes, the teacher scanned each for thirty seconds, underlining a memorable word, phrase, or line, but not making any written comments. At the end of the week each student rewrote one of his themes and ditto mastered it. The teacher did not distribute themes whose content might embarrass the student (these were discussed in private conference), but many of the other themes were discussed in class. No names were attached nor grades assigned until the end of the quarter. The writer argues that this method, which concentrated on the student's personal experience, resulted in much more successful writing. (DI)
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Note: Forum paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Assn. (14th, St. Louis, October 26-28, 1972)