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ERIC Number: ED228639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Bridge to Real Writing: Teaching Editing Skills.
Butler, Sydney
To teach students the skills of editing, teachers should provide them with an opportunity to become editors--to work cooperatively in the editing of each others's writings in order to be able to accept help and to learn to edit their own writings. Purpose and audience are the two guiding lights of the editing stage. Instruction begins with demonstrations and lessons, progressing toward independent work by the individual student, with support and help from both teacher and peers. Editing is modelled as a collaborative activity in which the writer and co-editor work as a partnership with the joint aim of presenting the writer's ideas in the best possible form. The editing methods demonstrated with the whole class are next put into practice in small peer groups of four or five students. When the students are able to respond to each other's writing in a positive and constructive manner, then the writer has the benefit of audience feedback. While freeing the teacher for more effective one-to-one teaching, the technique of peer response also allows students to write more. This process approach makes use of all the human resources of the classroom in the response to writing, shifting responsibility to the students, not only to find and express their own ideas, but also to work with their peers. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A