ERIC Number: ED315768
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Possibilities: Scenarios and Scripts To Help Teaching Assistants Respond to Student Writing in All Disciplines.
Strenski, Ellen, Ed.
Intended for teaching assistants and non-writing specialists to whom students come for help in preparing assigned writing papers, this guide suggests questions and comments to ask such students to help them clarify what is happening, or not happening, in their writing, and in the thinking which this writing reveals. The guide roughly parallels steps in the writing/thinking process--from choosing a topic and conceptualizing a beginning response to revising a final draft. The guide pairs samples of student writing (at various steps in the writing process, and taken from a range of disciplines such as chemistry, anthropology, sociology, political science, and biology) with a corresponding scenario and script of questions a teaching assistant can appropriately ask the student about his/her writing at that point. The guide's seven sections and the steps they address in the writing process are as follows: (1) To the Teaching Assistant; (2) Getting Started (assignment sheet, "writer's block," and brainstorming doodles); (3) Collecting Information (journal entry, lecture notes, reading, note cards, and lab notes); (4) Developing and Organizing Ideas (matrix, outline, and beginning ramble); (5) Revising a Draft (ESL problems, unclear syntax, unclear diction, choppiness, undigested quotations, and requiring rearrangement and transitions); (6) Test-taking (page from a midterm); and (7) Preventing Plagiarism. (SR)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles.
Note: Samples of students' handwritten papers will not reproduce clearly.