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ERIC Number: ED313708
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Marvelous Signals: The Usefulness of the In-Class Essay.
Crafton, John Micheal
Based on his experience of being trained in a process-centered pedagogy and of working in a product-centered program, a writing instructor discovers that the in-class essay is not only a useful or workable part of a regressive curriculum, but that it is effective and necessary for any progressive process orientation as well. Pragmatic, ethical, and theoretical reasons exist for making extemporaneous writing at least half of the composition curriculum and for removing the stigma of the pre-new-paradigm approach to writing. The in-class essay is a marvelous signal of the strengths and weaknesses of student writing: it shows how the student is incorporating the instruction about the writing process; it reveals how well he or she will write an office memo, a letter to clients, or book reports and essays in other classes; it clarifies where in the writing process the student is and perhaps could go. Extemporaneous assignments, however, must be based on realistic writing situations and should include teacher observation of student behavior during the writing process and analysis of student "scratch" work and outlines. (KEH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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