ERIC Number: ED184129
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Respecting the Learner's Expertise: Assignments That Ask Students to Write about Composing.
Lees, Elaine O.
One way to help basic writers become more effective writers is to encourage them to consider and write about what they do in writing--the problems they face and the satisfactions they glean. Using a scheme that involves using a hierarchy of stages of abstraction in discourse, students can be led to development of their writing skills. One such hierarchy goes from the lowest level of recording what is happening at present, through the intermediate level of reporting or narrating what happened in the past, to the higher levels of generalizing about what happens and theorizing about what will or may happen. The students' job over the semester would be to reinvent their own systems of abstraction about writing and their own language for the activities they engaged in when they assumed the role of writer. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (69th, San Francisco, CA, November 22-24, 1979).