ERIC Number: ED414599
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Teaching the Topography of Gretel Ehrlich's Grammar.
Gessell, Donna A.
When writing, few students have any concept that word placement affects the content of their writing. They seldom rework their papers at the sentence level in order to assure that their grammar reflects and enhances their content. Recognizing the relationship of grammar to meaning, composition researchers are reasserting the place of grammar in the teaching of writing. One helpful exercise is to show students how professional writers make grammar work to enhance meaning. Exploring the grammar of Gretel Erlich's "Wyoming: The Solace of Open Spaces," students learn the importance of syntactic choices to making meaning. For example, topography of the land is mirrored in the word placement in a sentence. A paragraph images the landscape with its grammar, binding the individual components together into a whole, the sum of the parts of the description much larger than the parts themselves. Teaching stylistic grammar can be an integral part of the composition class. Because students analyze grammatical constructions in context, they learn how syntactical choices enhance content, making meaning. They make meaning of grammar, understanding its significance. (Contains six references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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