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ERIC Number: ED257097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 16
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Add to Your Book: Teach a Pattern Approach to Writing.
Quattrini, Joe
Using the "pattern approach" is a means of teaching students to be confident and competent writers. In this method, the writer uses a device called a planning blank to establish purpose, audience, topic, and role as a writer. Then the overall structure can be planned. A good writing plan should suggest not only a beginning, middle, and end, but also a form for the content of each of these parts of the work. The planning blank allows form and content to be planned on a single page, even for long works, without losing sight of audience and purpose. Instead of a traditional outline, a general pattern--such as a how-to pattern, a narrative pattern, or a problem-solution pattern--is selected first. Then a topic sentence outline is developed by supporting details. By using the pattern method students can write such business and personal communications as letters, memos, reports, market projections, analyses, recommendations, proposals, and evaluations. The following can be noted about this approach: the pattern is less important than whether the form chosen accomplishes the purpose with the audience; patterns can be varied and combined to suit the writer's purposes; the length of the writing is irrelevant to pattern; no one has turned into a robot from using this approach; and the method can be used in all content areas with all levels of student and professional writers. (EL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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