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ERIC Number: ED378582
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Pages: 14
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"Packing Balloons in High Winds": Meeting the Needs of the Mildly Handicapped in the Regular Classroom.
Green, Angela Creech
Learning disabled writers are unable to incorporate text structures to plan their writing; they stop writing before their point is stated; their writing includes redundancies, irrelevancies, and many mechanical and spelling problems. Studies indicate that learning disabled writers use simplistic and/or ineffective planning strategies while composing essays. Therefore, it makes sense to spend weeks on writing instruction before students write for a grade. During this time, teachers should provide checklists for good writing qualities, questions for peer review, and practice and examples of other student writing. Teachers should also provide students with something to which they can compare their work. Students must understand where their own weaknesses lie before they can incorporate any improvement strategy. Teachers should also model the writing process. But of course most important is that students write and write and write some more. Sometimes they find it helpful, though, to be reminded before they begin of what constitutes good writing. Other helpful strategies can come in the form of classroom management techniques, i.e., outlines of class lectures and study guides of topics to be covered. According to Vygotsky, the idea is to "make visible the normally invisible cognitive process" of writing so that learning disabled students can "see the actions and hear the inner dialogue that directs cognitive behavior." (Contains 11 references.) (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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