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ERIC Number: ED261376
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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On Not Teaching Sentences and Paragraphs.
Dixon, Kathleen G.
To show the shortcomings of concentrating on the teaching of sentences and paragraphs in basic writing courses, this paper points out problems encountered by one teacher who attempted to use that approach. The paper describes how the teacher discovered that teaching the rules and concepts of grammar and writing stifles students' creativity, intellectual exploration and development, and attempts at demanding college-level work, while encouraging a belief in rules and definitions. The solutions presented in the paper for teaching writing effectively involve fostering free writing, classroom discussion, and assignments requiring using the native ordering power of students' minds. Concluding with an expression of faith in the abilities of basic writing students (as opposed to the pervasive belief in their organizational deficiencies), the paper states that to teach sentences and paragraphs is to give students the wrong impressions of what they can do and of what writing is all about. (EL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A