ERIC Number: ED232182
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Beyond Bandaids and Bactine: Computer-Assisted Instruction and Revision.
Selfe, Cynthia L.; Wahlstrom, Billie J.
Through the use of WORDSWORTH II, the faculty at Michigan Technological University have found that computer-assisted instruction can be useful in teaching students the processes involved in revision. A series of computer programs, WORDSWORTH II is available outside of and in addition to regular classroom instruction and offers students effective revision heuristics that they can apply at various stages of their rethinking and rewriting efforts. WORDSWORTH II was designed as a series of seven modules, each covering a specific kind of writing assignment found in freshman composition classes: narration, classification, personal writing, evaluation, description, creative writing, and persuasion. Each of the seven modules uses a similar format composed of two parts: planning and polishing. The planning program of each module reviews the major lecture points associated with the assignment and involves students in prewriting strategies such as brainstorming, focusing topics, organizing plot lines, and constructing audience profiles. The polishing program of each module--divided into early, middle, or late draft branches--involves students in revising their papers. In addition to helping students see revision as a multistep, multistrategy process best carried out over several successive drafts of a paper, WORDSWORTH II teaches students how to give priority to larger concerns of aim and audience when they write early drafts; how to examine problems of focus, development, and arrangement in middle drafts; and how to work with concerns of style and surface structure only in later drafts. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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