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ERIC Number: ED355557
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov-23
Pages: 10
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"Come Back to the Text Ag'in, Huck Honey!"
Morenberg, Max
Has the new emphasis on process versus product led instructors to teach that the writing process is everything and the product, the finished paper, of no import? This is a lesson that not even the most orthodox believer in writing process methodology would support. The process and the product are, in fact, mutually linked, rather than mutually exclusive. Many teachers embraced "process pedagogy" partly because it freed them of the necessity of teaching grammar. And, the sort of traditional grammar teaching generally associated with instruction in composition has never been shown to improve student writing. With sentence combining, however, instructors can use grammar to teach writing. Sentence combining exercises enable students to learn about the problems a writer might face in manipulating text and--at the same time--learn about the process a writer goes through in creating text. Studies show that practice with sentence combining makes students better writers. Such an exercise can even be used without reference to any grammatical terminology in a process oriented class. It should be possible to bring together lessons about grammar and literature, process and product, and more consistently use the relationship between reading and writing to make students aware of how sentences in literature work and then ask them to create similar sentences in their own writing. Echoing Jim, teachers who believe in this possibility can call out to teachers swimming in the dangerous currents of thinking about process versus product, "Come back to the text ag'in, Huck Honey." (SAM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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