ERIC Number: ED265542
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Sep-21
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Teaching Rereading and Rewriting to "Basic Writers."
Saur, Pamela S.
A major goal in teaching basic writers is to show them the importance of revision in the writing process, specifically revision for correctness (correcting), for creating content (adding), and for cutting out inessential material (subtracting). Revising for correctness includes varying or limiting the assigned revision tasks, varying the length of writing and revision assignments, assigning several distinct tasks of reading and revision of a single piece, varying the timing of rereading or the amounts reread, assigning collaborative rereading and rewriting, suggesting rereading aloud, intervening directly in the rereading and rewriting process, and using the holistic process of rereading for errors. Revising for creating meaning and content begins with helping students find good topics to work on, then uses oral or written brainstorming sessions to show how topics can be narrowed or broadened. Some aspects of revision by adding meaning include supplying examples or details left out, adding specific information to support generalizations, straightening out problems of logic, or otherwise clarifying a text. Along with adding meaning, revisers must cut out nonessential material, which includes removing "deadwood"--words or details that are vague, roundabout, repetitive, obvious, unnecessary, or contradictory. (EL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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