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ERIC Number: ED252853
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Introducing the Writing Process: New Procedures, New Expectations.
Beeker, Ruth
For years, elementary school teachers taught writing by giving students a "story starter" and asking them to complete the composition. That blissful state of complacency in the teaching of writing was shaken in 1978, when Donald Graves advocated a radical departure from accepted pedagogy in his publication "Balance the Basics: Let Them Write." Rather than emphasizing the written product, he called for teachers to use a process/conference approach. Both students and teachers must understand what is meant by "writing process" if this different approach to teaching writing is to be implemented. The three phases of the writing process--prewriting, writing, and revision--must be explained to students so they will understand what behavior is expected of them as they engage in the process. Students will have to adjust to the lack of deadlines, and to the added responsibility they will be asked to assume. When using the writing process, each student will be writing about whatever he or she chooses. Students will have to use their own ideas, considering first what they know, then determining how to put it on paper effectively. Teachers can ease the transition from the known to the unknown by deliberately teaching these new expectations. (A beginning week's lesson plan for introducing the writing process and expectations is included.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A