ERIC Number: ED199715
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
The Use of Prose Models in Teaching Composition.
Adams, Dale T.
This paper offers a model to be followed by students completing a writing assignment. The model, designed originally for writing students at two-year colleges, prescribes the number of paragraphs and the content of each paragraph. Suggested topic assignments are offered, and an example of the use of the model is provided. Four steps are proposed for conducting writing assignments based on models that illustrate the aims and modes of discourse. These steps include assigning for outside reading an essay that follows the model, discussing in class the outside reading and some of the possible topics that might be used effectively with the form of the model, handing out the prescriptive model and the possible topics, and having the students read and discuss other students' essays on the same assignment (usually providing both acceptable and unacceptable examples). The final section of the paper defends the use of models in writing classes, listing four advantages of using the approach. (RL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Regional Conference on English in the Two-Year College (Austin, TX, October 9-11, 1980).