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ERIC Number: ED193662
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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The Writing Laboratory: A Report from the Field.
Collins, James L.; Moran, Charles
At Springfield Technical High School (Massachusetts) tenth grade students are required to spend three six-week periods in writing laboratory classes. As the students write, the teacher moves from student to student for short conferences, checking with each student twice during each class period. Students proceed in a three-step process and are required to check with the teacher at regular intervals. The first step is to choose a subject and make a list of topics on that subject, the second step is to organize the list, and the third step is to produce a first draft of a paper from the list. Student papers are kept in a folder and a sequence of writing assignments is followed by all students. The laboratory teacher also has procedures to follow. The teacher cannot spend more than a minute with a particular writer, but must read the writer's work rapidly, say something, and move on--somewhat like a shop or art teacher. Teachers follow a response pattern in which they (1) look at content to be sure it is concrete and specific, (2) check form and organization, (3) work with the writing of sentences, and (4) pay attention to individual words such as spelling and diction. Student response to the program has been exceptionally positive. (MKM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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