ERIC Number: ED177579
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Repeal of the Basic Writing Act.
Puma, Vincent D.
The development of alternative instructional activities for use in the basic writing classroom and a description and analysis of four levels of basic writing are the results of a study of basic writing teaching techniques. The linguistic concepts of immediate and transferred utterances and nominal-verbal pairing, and the work of L. Vygotsky on inner and external speech, support the premise that giving form to fragmented concepts and ideas is a sophisticated process transformation of bits and pieces of thought into syntactically articulated discourse that basically involves writing and connecting sentences. The four levels of basic writing can be defined as: (1) the simple transcription of inner speech; (2) transcription of inner speech with nominals inserted; (3) use of the simple sentence as the primary tool of discourse with simple addition as the only rhetorical device; and (4) use of sentences with some coordination and subordination as connecting devices. Instructional activities in the basic writing classroom should include emphasizing ways to connect sentences rather than to construct sentences bringing sentence patterns to students' attention so nominal-verbal pairing might appear in their writing, suggesting punctuation that continues rather than ends a sentence, and using sentence exercises only as they affect the rhetorical connections the students attempt. (Samples of student writing and their writing level characteristics are included.) (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (30th, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 5-7, 1979)