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ERIC Number: ED401540
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 7
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Bringing Them Home: Stretch 101...A Practical Guide to the Long Haul.
Jeney, C. J.
Students are advised to enroll in WAC 101--a writing across the curriculum "Stretch" course--based upon SAT scores. Two types of "at risk" English composition students usually comprise a WAC 101 Stretch class. The first type are the familiar students who are underprepared for college writing courses, while the second are students whose "at risk" situation stems more from personal circumstances rather than from their basic skill level. Pacing of this kind of course must include a "gestation period," giving time for students to wrestle with concepts that were never easy for them. Grammar exercises, discussing and working through each essay assignment, narrative skill development through tag-team story-telling/writing exercises, and requiring students to use the university writing center are effective practices. Journaling as well as in-class and out-of-class freewriting also help students compose and organize their sentence-level and global skills. One everyday issue that needs attention is logistics. Requiring that students spend time one-on-one with a trained peer tutor can be crucial to the success of some students. (CR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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