ERIC Number: ED143001
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Middle School Writing: A Model Expository Paragraph Program--A Teaching Strategy.
Kar, Ronald N.
This paper explains the teaching strategy inherent in the model expository-paragraph program, a plan for middle-school, student writing based on imitation of and reaction to a model paragraph written by the teacher. The model paragraph provides material for the teaching of spelling, grammar, and composition skills and is a springboard for creative writing through personal responses. In its first presentation, the paragraph contains no sentence indicators. The students are directed to do a number of things to the teacher's paragraph, from adding capitals to total revision. The repetitive dividing of the word-string into minimal thought units reinforces the sentence concept while presenting grammar and punctuation in writing as comprehensive skills rather than as fragmented exercises. Following some motivational discussion of ideas about the theme of the teacher's paragraph, the students are directed to write their own paragraphs on a topic related to the teacher's. The paper concludes that this program offers procedure that can be built upon, since it is basic and complementary, yet flexible. The program also offers a format for serious expression, and, because it provides for a wide range of abilities, it assures individual student success. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (66th, Chicago, Illinois, November 25-27, 1976)