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ERIC Number: ED085700
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 340
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Discovery, Structure and Voice: An Approach to Teaching Composition.
Perrin, Carl Richard
The purpose of this study was to devise and test an approach to teaching composition that emphasized discovery, structure, writer's voice, and revision. The assumptions were that to write effectively the student must have a significant idea, that the idea must exist in some specific form, and that the human voice of the writer must come through the writing. Thirty-five students enrolled in two sections of a freshman English course wrote on current social issues, spending from one to two weeks discussing each topic before they wrote. The first two topics forced students to grapple with new ideas and to think creatively. Each student revised each of these papers until he had a successful composition. The next two assignments were developed to help students organize their ideas on paper. The first used the conventional approach of a thesis statement and the second was done primarily through demonstration and workshop techniques and through the discussion of an idea in which the class sought to discover the organic structure. The last composition assignment was to help students achieve writer's voice. Students were successful in writing papers that demonstrated original thought, but less successful in writing papers that demonstrated unusual creativity of thought. (Author/WR)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University