ERIC Number: ED250035
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep-30
Reference Count: 0
Notes to Teachers of Basic Writing: An Instructor's Guidebook.
Jacobson, Karen H.; Horner, Annette M.
Drawing from classroom experience and current composition theory and research, this guidebook presents basic assumptions about teaching developmental writing and explores elements of the composing process. Five basic assumptions about developmental writing are discussed: (1) because writing is a skill, courses should be how-to or process-oriented; (2) instructors' advice and expectations should be based on realistic models of the composing process and on composing strategies that are known to be effective; (3) due to time limitations, instructional efforts should be concentrated on those writing skills, strategies, and structures that will be most critical to students' success in college; (4) most students are linguistically and cognitively competent and capable of learning to write given appropriate learning conditions; and (5) because academic writing is both private and public, small group work and discussion groups are particularly well suited to the needs of developmental writing students. Guidance on teaching the composing process is provided, suggesting that composing is made up of several parallel, recursive and interactive stages; i.e., exploring the topic to be written about; planning the order, direction, structure, and content of the written work; drafting and revising the work; and editing the material. A bibliography and course syllabus conclude the guidebook. (LAL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Reading Area Community Coll., PA.