ERIC Number: ED417590
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Aug-15
Using Relevancy and Color To Explain or Persuade.
Schraeder, Laura L.
A middle school teacher of writing to learners of English as a Second Language describes two techniques used to improve student participation and guide the writing process. The first is to select a writing topic to which all students can relate. In this case, the teacher asked students, in a class discussion, to give their own definitions of friendship based on personal experience. Willing participation in the non-judgmental class discussion reduces student anxiety, and the common experience discussed is relevant to all students. Students selected three qualities of a friend to write about, and assigned a color to each. The introduction and conclusions were to be written in black, and the three central paragraphs, each addressing one quality, were written in the three colors. The color coding created a point of references for students in constructing sentences and for the teacher in guiding student writing. The technique is found to be effective and well received by students. Contains six references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Color, English (Second Language), Friendship, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Persuasive Discourse, Relevance (Education), Second Language Instruction, Student Motivation, Writing Apprehension, Writing Exercises, Writing Instruction, Writing Strategies
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Bilingual Education (Dallas, TX, February 24-28, 1998).