ERIC Number: ED184117
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Working Out Ideas: Predication and Other Uses of Language. Curriculum Publication No. 5.
This booklet is one of a series of teacher-written curriculum publications launched by the Bay Area Writing Project, each focusing on a different aspect of the teaching of composition. The introduction describes an analysis of predication that offers teachers insights into ways of helping students develop an expository thesis and study more closely and consciously the relationship between a subject and an idea about the subject. The rest of the booklet is a collection of essays written by the author over a period of 40 years on the power of students to compose their thoughts and the power of teaching to help them. The first essay describes the results of an experiment with a freshman composition class; the second essay summarizes the report of a subcommittee established in 1950 to study students' actual classroom writing abilities and means of improvement; the next two essays deal with the principle of using reason in writing, and the next two with more technical analyses of the way language works in selecting subject and style. The last essay is a general restatement of what is already known about composition and what research has yet to uncover. (AEA)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Educational Research, Expository Writing, Higher Education, Student Improvement, Teaching Methods, Writing (Composition), Writing Exercises, Writing Instruction, Writing Processes, Writing Skills
Publications Department, Bay Area Writing Project, 5635 Tolman Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 ($1.50 postage and handling)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley.