ERIC Number: ED258279
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
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Emphasizing Revision with Word Processing in Freshman English Classes.
Brown, Jane L.
Designing a curriculum to introduce freshman composition students to computer assisted composition involves the cooperation of the composition instructor and the writing center director. One college has developed such a curriculum using the "Milliken Word Processor" (Milliken Publishing Company), a simple program with a variety of composing, revising, and printing options. An instruction sheet outlining the main functions of the software program and basics of computer use is distributed to allay students' computer anxiety. Instruction takes place in two phases: familiarizing students with the functions of the computer and of the word processing program, and teaching them the processes of computer assisted revision. Thus, the first assignments are extremely simple, moving from paragraph writing to simple revision, and with access to the instructor or the writing center director as needed. After several weeks of practice, students are given copies of "What Can You Do When You Revise?" and practice each of the listed skills. Students are required to subscribe to a weekly news magazine, which becomes the basis of subsequent writing assignments. By midsemester, students are proficient enough to write and revise a fairly lengthy piece. On a questionnaire completed at the end of the semester, most students indicate that use of the word processor has increased their writing abilities greatly. (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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