ERIC Number: ED201959
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Adolescent Literature as a Vehicle for Developing Comprehension and Composition Skills.
Richardson, Judy S.
C. Smith's "read a book in an hour" procedure for the development of listening and reading comprehension and B. Beyer's "hamburger writing" procedure for the development of composition skills formed the basis of a teaching technique that provided students with problem solving tasks, a procedure for writing compositions, and exposure to a classic adolescent novel within a limited time. The technique was used with 22 seventh and eighth grade students enrolled in a summer enrichment program that lasted only four weeks. The technique was used in conjunction with the novel, "The Day No Pigs Would Die," by R. N. Peck. The teacher introduced the novel by reading the title, showing the book cover, and sharing her impressions of the work. She next read the first chapter aloud and conducted a class discussion about the main idea, setting, supporting details, characters, and conflicts. Eleven chapters were assigned for silent reading by groups composed of two students each, with the teacher reading the next chapter aloud, and all of the students reading the concluding two chapters silently. Next, the groups shared their synopses of each chapter as the class discussed them. The teacher then introduced "hamburger writing" (in which paragraph parts are identified with parts of a hamburger) and students wrote two-paragraph compositions using the technique. Both the teacher and the students favorably evaluated the technique. (FL)
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 American Reading Conference (1st, Sarasota, FL, December 4-6, 1980).