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ERIC Number: ED379676
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 8
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"The Polishing Cloth": Student Writing Creates Writing Text.
Larson, Sarah L.
The concept of using good student writing to inspire more good student writing, of using a text to create the next year's text is a vital process that demonstrates DeKalb College's emphasis on individual student instruction and recognition. "The Polishing Cloth" is a collection of the best student essays from English composition, developmental studies, English as a second language, and other disciplines. Since its inception in 1984, it has evolved into a 250-page text, published annually and is sold at the student bookstore for $8. Any college can establish its own writing text by following a simple step-by-step procedure. Faculty members submit their students' best essays and then a faculty editorial board rates the papers. The use of such a publication in the classroom is limited only by the imagination of the students and the instructor. "The Polishing Cloth" is organized by classes ranging from developmental studies through the second quarter of composition to a few 200-level literary essays and interdisciplinary papers. The accessibility of the essays facilitates peer interaction with the more able students helping the less able. For the traditional classroom, "The Polishing Cloth" provides examples of narration, exposition, argumentation, literary analysis, models for topic and sentence outlines, and correct examples of MLA documentation for research papers. "The Polishing Cloth" is also an excellent reference text, which students can look to when in need of guidance about how a student paper should read. The permission to publish form and "The Polishing Cloth" rating sheet form for the 1995 edition are included. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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