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ERIC Number: ED236601
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 3
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Question of Style.
Jolly, Peggy
Exercise Exchange, v26 n2 p39-40 Spr 1982
An approach to teaching stylistics, or writing style, to high school and college composition classes is described in this brief article. AUTHOR'S COMMENT (excerpt): Composition teachers generally recognize and appreciate grace in writing. But teaching or learning that grace is difficult at best. Perhaps style cannot easily be taught, but it can be recognized, analyzed, and imitated. Imitation is one device to hasten the acquisition of an individual's style. THE APPROACH (excerpt): First, a student is asked to copy verbatim a passage of published prose from a magazine such as "Harpers,""Esquire," or "Time." Full documentation follows the passage. Next, students are asked to imitate the original passage with a sample of their own writing. The forgery may or may not be on the same topic. The students' writing should, however, include the same number of sentences and approximately the same number of words as the original sample. Both pieces of writing are then submitted to the teacher and classmates who attempt to distinguish the published writing from the students' writing. This recognition is the beginning of an awareness of style. (KC)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A