ERIC Number: ED394310
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Video: A Stimulus for Dialogue Journal Writing.
Benson, Valerie A.
This paper describes one teacher's use of a videotaped mystery series to stimulate students' entries in dialogue journals. Students are shown an episode of the mystery in class and are then asked to write a personal response to it. The aim of the journals is to enhance student confidence and writing skills. Results of an analysis of the journal entries during one year are presented. Characteristics of the interactions are discussed, with excerpts from students' entries. It is found that journal writing is advantageous because it has the qualities of good conversation, is student-generated, the writing is regular, students write to accomplish a variety of real purposes (requesting information, asking factual questions, asking clarification, expressing opinion, describing a personal problem, activating memory, describing personal events), and the writing is varied in topic, genre, and length. The video is used as a springboard for students to express their own feelings and ideas. Rather than correction, teacher response models good writing; ultimately, some students request correction. Students have received the journal writing idea with consistent enthusiasm. (Contains eight references, and several complete student entries and teacher responses are appended.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (30th, Chicago, IL, March 26-30, 1996).