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ERIC Number: ED116217
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 18
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Creative Editing: An Approach to Peer Criticism.
Woodman, Leonora
The purpose of a five-week pilot project in composition at a Manhattan inner city high school were to test a methodology for teaching the nonnarrative essay and to determine if students could provide informed editorial guidance to other students in regular peer criticism sessions. The assumptions underlying the approach are that the central instructional task is the idea toward which the writer must adopt an interpretive posture, that the idea sentence (an analogic assertion) then becomes the thesis statement, that writing competence can be increased through acquisition of editorial skills, and that rhetorical instruction is best provided in an editorial context. Students first learned to identify analogic assertions and to recognize unity, coherence, and emphasis (without using these terms). The method was comparative and inductive. The students then progressed through a series of editorial activities, helping one another through their editorial efforts and increasing their own writing (and reading) skills. Results of this project show that if written discourse is considered as thought that is shaped and designed, directed and controlled, there is no child who lacks the conceptual resources to engage in the task. (Examples of student essays are included.) (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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