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ERIC Number: ED170785
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Writing: A Painful Process.
Moss, Anita
Based on the observation that freshman composition students associate writing with pain and unpleasantness and have been given little opportunity to engage in enjoyable writing, this paper advocates a method for making freewriting and the journal central and integral dimensions of the writing class. After discussing the techniques and the benefits of freewriting, as presented by Peter Elbow, the paper tells how students may be asked to alternate between structured and totally free journal entries and how they may then each choose one of their entries to turn into a finished paper. It explains how the class members and the teacher can help each student writer decide what type of audience to address, what method to use to organize the paper, and how to find more details. The paper then presents a sequence of 31 writing assignments, based on James Moffett's work, which involves students in the processes of recording, reporting, analyzing, and evaluating. (GT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A