ERIC Number: ED159701
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Your Best Defense is a Good Offense: Involving Other Disciplines in Teaching Writing Skills.
Pfister, Fred R.
Teachers in all disciplines must demand good writing from students if they want their writing to improve. When good writing is demanded only in English classes, students develop a double standard for their writing. To make teachers in other departments aware of their responsibility for the quality of student writing, English teachers can take the offensive and ask what other departments are doing about writing standards. If plagiarism is a problem, the English department can prepare guidelines for avoiding plagiarism and make them available to other departments. Also, a common handbook of English usage can be used by all departments. To improve students' writing in content courses, English teachers can have them turn in a paper written for another class for an English grade. Another method, planned by the School of the Ozarks, is to postpone the second half of the freshman composition course until students are juniors, so that writing may be coordinated with classes in students' major fields. Finally, departments may apply standardized gummed forms to students' themes, to indicate either that the teacher expects better writing in the future, has lowered the grade of the theme because of poor writing, or requires the student to discuss the theme with his or her rhetoric instructor and revise it. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (29th, Denver, Colorado, March 30-April 1, 1978)