ERIC Number: ED157058
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Taxonomy of Compositional Competencies.
Mellon, John C.
Following a discussion of problems involved in using composition research, this paper describes six categories of research from which a taxonomy of compositional competencies may be abstracted: studies of rhetoric and discourse structure, developmental research, research on the composing process, research on various practice activities other than actual writing, studies of the evaluation of writing, and textbooks that provide a unique slant on the writing process. For each research category, the work of prominent researchers is cited. The paper then explains and presents a taxonomy of compositional competencies, organized in five general categories: lexical and sentential competencies, discourse competencies, psychological competencies, competence in conforming to "the rules of the writing game," habit structures and self-governance, and accidental problems requiring special instruction or therapy. The final section of the paper describes types of activities and materials that should be considered in planning instructional programs in composition, including wide reading and vocabulary learning, assignment sequences, prewriting worksheets, booklets of model writing, writing checklists, and sentence combining practice. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Minnesota Perspectives on Literacy Conference (Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 16-17, 1977)