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ERIC Number: ED415717
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jul-29
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Teaching Narrative Writing through the Collaborative Funnel.
Schraeder, Laura L.
A middle school teacher describes the process by which she discovered a collaborative approach to teaching writing to a class including English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students. To create a meaningful writing experience, she had students prepare a personal narrative, starting by having the class generate endings to the sentence beginning "I'll never forget the first time I..." Each student was then asked to think about their special moment and remember every detail, then placed in collaborative groups with at least two ESL and two mainstream students in each, and asked to tell their story to group members. Remaining group members filled out a story plan worksheet, then shared their notes and asked questions, helping the storyteller refine and sequence details. Each student then wrote a first draft of his story. Students were paired, as much as possible, in ESL/mainstream student dyads to further develop their stories as partners. The experience served to reduce ESL students' anxiety greatly, promote exchange of ideas and feedback, help develop relationships between students across cultural boundaries, foster student self-esteem, and develop individual accountability. Contains seven references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Techniques, Cooperative Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Group Dynamics, Intermediate Grades, Interpersonal Communication, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Peer Teaching, Personal Narratives, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Writing Exercises, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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