ERIC Number: ED263594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-May-3
Reference Count: 0
The Sequential, Syntactic, Remedial Tutorial.
Vavra, Edward A.
Designed for students who have grammatical problems, the syntactic approach presented in this paper helps explain the process of revision, and should be used only after a student has written a draft. The paper suggests that the students' hypothetical objective can be to understand how every word in any sentence is syntactically connected to the basic sentence pattern, and explains the four-step approach, categorized according to prepositional phrases, subjects and verbs, subordinate clauses, and gerundives (participles). The paper lists the following advantages of this approach: (1) students work with only their own writing; (2) the approach emphasizes and helps define revision as a separate process, starts with a simple concept and expands, entails automatic review of all preceding steps, and focuses on what is right rather than what is wrong; (3) students study only those grammatical concepts directly related to their problems in writing, and experience an early sense of success; (4) students' work is easily and quickly checked; and (5) much of the instruction can be done through simple handouts. (EL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Writing Centers Association East Central Conference (7th, Erie, PA, May 3-4, 1985).