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ERIC Number: ED192327
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Essay Editing: Helping Students Teach Themselves.
Gwyn, Cindy; Swanson-Owens, Deborah
Since good prose is usually prose that has been carefully edited, devoting a significant portion of class time to editing should improve the writing and attitudes toward writing of college students in expository writing classes. By requiring students to edit their essays in class, writing teachers force the students to break their writing into a series of steps and to realize that writing is a process. One method of working the editing process into classroom activities is to have students meet in groups of three during the week before essays are due and have them edit each other's work. Preparing students to edit essays in this manner requires both individualized and group instruction in how to work with others and how to read essays critically. This information is provided by the teacher through lectures, drills, and homework interspersed with editing activities throughout the semester. In this way, students will initially edit papers for only those techniques that have previously been covered in class. As the semester goes on, they will acquire more expertise in editing until they have learned all the essential editing skills. An alternative to interspersing instruction with editing is to spend the first part of the semester instructing and the last part editing. Both schedules have been successfully applied. (A sample editing checklist for use by students is attached.) (RL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A