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ERIC Number: ED261377
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Christensen Revamped: The Rhetorical Sentence as a Model of the Writing Process.
Hunt, Maurice
A crucial concept in Francis Christensen's principles of writing involves the "addition," which may be construed as any grammatical unit that is not a main clause. Obviously the effect of rhetorical writing derives mainly from the number of additions as well as from their placement and function within the single sentence. By means of addition, students in writing courses, regardless of their different levels, gradually learn to generate complex rhetorical sentences. The student can begin by writing a grammatical sentence upon the blackboard, representing its various additions and main clause by means of a special notation. Then, either independently or with the help of classmates, the student adds or rearranges units in the symbolic notation until everyone agrees that the form of a basic periodic or a mixed sentence, for example, is attained. With the formula on the blackboard in front of them, the members of the class can then create another sentence that fulfills the formula. The method in fact becomes a heuristic when a student gradually adds phrases and clauses to a base main clause. More importantly, when taught this new model of the writing process, students realize that whole sentences in the paragraph (and individual paragraphs within a paragraph bloc) often function in the same way as additions to the single sentence, and that paragraphs and even entire essays can be generated according to the same model used for sentences. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Language: English
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