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ERIC Number: ED145448
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Pages: 7
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A Key to Clarity--Some Variations on a Slide-Tape Extravaganza.
Parks, Kathleen Danaher
"Muddiness" in student writing can be eliminated, and students can learn to write with clarity, through the employment of a 1-3-3-3-1 pattern: one opening sentence, three paragraphs of three sentences each, and one closing sentence. To this basic pattern, the concept of key words may be added to help students develop a focus for each piece of writing. Students first identify the key word in the opening sentence, which should determine the basic direction of the composition, and they also choose a key word that relates to the content of each of the paragraphs. They can then check to see if each sentence in each paragraph relates to its key word and to see if the paragraphs and the closing sentence relate to the key word in the opening sentence. Students can be taught to grade their own work on the basis of how well it follows the basic pattern; in this way, students gain some control over the grading of their work. Checking each other's work also helps students develop confidence and knowledge. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (28th, Kansas City, Missouri, March 31-April 2, 1977)