ERIC Number: ED308496
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
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Strategies and Rhetorical Considerations in Freshman Writing.
Davis, Wesley K.
To help remedy the problem of college freshmen being unable to explore the diversity of writing strategies expected of them, an extensive review of current research on the composing process was undertaken. Freshmen writers must realize that composing is often a messy, recursive process based on rhetorical awareness, out of which clear and correct prose evolves through revision. Through the messiness of recursion, revision and rhetoric, good writers constantly reexamine their developing drafts to redefine, elaborate, and test ideas and to anticipate the reader's response. English teachers can easily emphasize these composing strategies in one-on-one conferences so that their freshman students will review, rethink, and revise their ideas from the jumble they have created on paper. Then these students can leave the classroom or writing lab possessing the strategies and skills needed to face the diversity of academic discourse in college. (Thirty-seven references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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