ERIC Number: ED318280
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Writing for New Readers: Selections from a Writers' Manual.
Van Horne, Marion
This guide to writing material that will be read by new readers focuses on making the material readable, relevant, and effective. The first section of the guide gives an overview of this process, and addresses the following aspects of writing for new readers: (1) determining the audience and its interests; (2) elements of effective written communication; (3) choosing appropriate subjects; (4) forms of writing (including folk tales or biographies as alternatives to expository writing); (5) use of illustrations; and (6) using a controlled vocabulary. The second section of the guide provides more specific suggestions for readable writing, including: choosing a subject; gathering and evaluating material; seeing words as tools for a specific purpose; structuring sentences and paragraphs; making the reading interesting; writing an outline; giving the writing unity, coherence, and emphasis; and structuring the text. Exercises for writing practice are provided. The third section of the guide discusses news writing, including what makes news, the structure of a news report, the use of language in the "news style," and preparing news copy. Suggestions for avoiding common errors are made, and writing exercises are also provided. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Peace Corps, Washington, DC. Information Collection and Exchange Div.