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ERIC Number: ED078444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Pages: 21
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Teaching the Paragraph in Developmental Composition Classes in the Community College with Behavioral Objectives and Art.
Bennett, Madeleine F.
A method called "Objectives-Art," by which disadvantaged students in a community college can be taught to structure paragraphs, is described. Works of art are intended to be a stimulus to the student's sense of unity between form and content, and the objectives are aimed at transferring the student's perception of form and unity into a process which can improve the quality of his writing. The method consists of a prewriting sample of student paragraphs, a slide of a work of art as visual stimulus to perception, performance objectives for structuring paragraphs, other visual devices such as models of paragraphs, sequentially arranged instruction based on approximations of the final results, in-class practice of every objective, and frequent encouraging reinforcement of student responses. Objectives for the method require the student to include in his paragraph (1) the title of the art work; (2) the name of the artist; (3) the name of the work of art; (4) quotation marks around the title of the work; (5) dominant impressions the student had of the work; (6) logical order to details; (7) a minimum of three details; (8) each detail must be related to the dominant impression; (9) repetition of key ideas; (10) mention of the artist; and (11) a clincher sentence to finish off the paragraph. (HOD)
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Note: Paper presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (New Orleans, Apr. 5-7, 1973)