ERIC Number: ED120803
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
How to Talk to a Writer--or Forward to Fundamentals in Teaching Writing.
Blake, Robert W.
This paper argues that instead of getting "back to basics" (correct usage, spelling, capitalization, etc.) teachers of writing should be concerned with the fundamentals of writing well. These include an attention to the composing process; experience with producing a variety of writings (spontaneous writing, the persuasive essay, the critical essay, newspaper pieces, short fiction, and drama); a mastery of the skills of writing such as using strong verbs, using active instead of passive language, choosing precise words, eliminating wordiness, and creating effective openers; and a wide experience with the ranges of syntax. It is also suggested that teachers talk to writers to encourage writing. As they move forward to the fundamentals of writing, individuals will write better, observe life more fully, understand the nature of the composing process, show confidence in their writing, come to know themselves better, and experience the joy of creativity. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Secondary School English Conference (Boston, April 2-4, 1976); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document