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ERIC Number: ED411528
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 18
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Hands Off: Ten Techniques for Tutoring on Word Processors.
Morgan, M. C.
This paper presents 10 techniques for tutoring college-level writing students on word processors. Good teaching and tutoring techniques enable writers rather than simply demand compliance. A good technique: must not rely on a fancy word processing program; will take advantage of the basic word processing functions; will ask that the writer do something with the text; will be portable; and will maintain student control. The 10 techniques are: (1) help the writer locate his or her concerns by putting them in the screen; (2) help the writer create openings for more writing and visualize the organization by using carriage returns to isolate parts of text; (3) encourage paragraph development by asking the writer to write a screen of text from a single sentence; (4) assist writing for coherence by copying and pasting the thesis statement in front of every paragraph; (5) use copy and paste to create a thumbnail outline from the writing; (6) help the writer make rhetorical choices by creating variations of original versions of parts of the text; (7) teach punctuation patterns using the computer's search functions; (8) help the writer compose a search strategy; (9) to check unity and organization, use the search and replace function to find and mark key words in the text; and (10) to teach drafting and discovery, exchange keyboards. (Contains 19 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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