ERIC Number: ED273314
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
What's Happening in Freshman Composition in the California Two-Year College: A Collection of Writing Tasks. "A Working Book."
Hale, Helena, Comp.
Designed as a looseleaf resource, a supplement to established teaching plans, and an aid to meeting individual needs, this compilation of writing exercises represents the responses of 157 teachers from 87 two-year colleges to the request, "Describe a successful writing task -- what it is, how you teach it, and why." The compilation includes tasks aimed at developing specific writing skills and combinations of skills, along with ideas on implementing the writing process as a whole. Following introductory comments, exercises are presented in the following categories: (1) getting started; (2) brainstorming; (3) choosing a topic; (4) organizing; (5) the paragraph; (6) introductions and conclusions; (7) the thesis statement and topic sentence; (8) transitions; (9) being specific; (10) theme writing, including personal experience, process, description, narration, comparison/contrast, definition, classification, argument and persuasion, logical analysis, and inferential assignments; (11) letter writing; (12) writing about poetry; (13) writing about the short story; (14) writing for publication; (15) writing an interview; (16) writing the survey and summary; (17) writing essay exams; (18) writing the research paper; (19) combination writing assignments; (20) revising; (21) reading and writing; (22) mechanics, including commas, pronouns, fragments, and modifiers; (23) usage; (24) sentence combining; (25) unity and conciseness; (26) ambiguity; (27) point of view; (28) style; (29) small group approach; (30) peer help; and (31) the whole method. A list of colleges represented and an index of contributors conclude the workbook. (LAL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Santa Barbara City Coll., CA.
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