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ERIC Number: ED316863
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Oct-21
Pages: 17
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Writing as a Collaborative Activity: Lessons from the Lifewriting Class.
Butler, Sydney J.; Bentley, T. Roy
"Lifewriting" provides a different model for the school composition class, a model that changes the traditional images of the student and teacher at work. Lifewriting--the composing of personal stories, anecdotes, and memoirs--has a beneficial effect in that while it begins with personal expression, the dynamics of the lifewriting group enable it also to become a means of communication, and finally an act of creation. In the composition classroom, students are a community of writers committed to helping and supporting each other, because their writing has a clearly understood sense of purpose. The teacher no longer is the evaluator of writing, but rather a community writer whose voice is simply one more opinion from the group. Also, the immediacy of group experience in reading each other's stories provides the student with a genuine audience, people who are interested in the experience that the writer has to communicate and prepared to offer advice when the written communication is garbled or when questions remain unanswered. This type of interaction and collaborative writing in a group is especially improved through use of the classroom microcomputer. Moreover, writing becomes an act of creation which produces "real writing," which may be worthy of preserving for other audiences of friends, grandchildren, family, or sometimes even the general readership of a lifewriting publication. Evaluation, however, is based on the student's commitment to the process, involvement in the collaborative structures, and knowledge of writing processes, rather than on dubious qualitative assessments of single pieces of writing. (KEH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada