ERIC Number: ED198539
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Showing-Writing: A Training Program to Help Students Be Specific. Collaborative Research Study No. 2.
Caplan, Rebekah; Keech, Catharine
A training program designed to teach high school students to be specific in their writing is described in this booklet. The first section of the booklet explains the three stages of the program: (1) daily practice in translating a "telling" sentence into a "showing" paragraph; (2) application of "showing" writing to the editing and revision process; and (3) the study of particular techniques to improve specificity. The second section of the booklet describes a study conducted to test the effectiveness of the training program. Among the reported findings are: a concentrated training program can make a significant contribution to students' writing skills, and students are less likely to transfer specific techniques to their usual writing style if those techniques are not systematically reinforced in a variety of ways in all phases of the instructional program. Appendixes contain a copy of the writing test used in the study and student writing samples. (FL)
Descriptors: High Schools, Program Descriptions, Sequential Learning, Skill Development, Student Writing Models, Teaching Methods, Training, Writing Exercises, Writing Instruction, Writing Processes, Writing Research, Writing Skills
Publications Department, Bay Area Writing Project, 5635 Tolman Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 ($3.00 postage and handling).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. School of Education.