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ERIC Number: ED362882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Writing for Learning about the Writing Process.
Allen, Sheilah
For the second-, third-, and fourth-year education students (all of them English majors) enrolled in a course about the psycholinguistic basis of the writing process, each 3-hour class involved writing about writing, free writing, discussing readings on writing, trying out writing activities, and reflecting on writing about learning. The course was divided into four topics: models of the writing process; factors in the writing process; teaching implications; and the reading-writing connection. For the first 10 minutes of class, the students and their teacher engaged in Sustained Silent Writing in journals on the "Thought for the Day" (chosen by the teacher as a focus for the lesson), or on a subject of their choice. An hour of pre-writing activity in which students used a 7-point procedure as a starting point for their major papers followed, after which, in learning logs, they reflected on what they had accomplished during class. Assignments were, at first, based on in-class activities and later were related to the writing of the major paper. Although the quality of the major papers was not consistent, the extensive prewriting and drafting experiences assisted many students in producing a piece of writing they were proud to share with their peers, that was generally refreshing to read, and that also allowed their personal voices to come through clearly, as did their convictions about what they were attempting to communicate. (A 20-item reference/bibliography for the course is attached.) (NH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A