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ERIC Number: EJ868498
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
What Works for Me
Plachta, Susan M.; Morris, Kevin
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v37 n2 p193-194 Dec 2009
In this article, the authors discuss what works for them in their first-year composition classes. In order to promote critical thinking and goal setting within her developmental writing and first-year composition classes, Susan Plachta begins their first class session by completing the standard introductions and syllabus discussions and finishes with a brief discussion of setting and achieving goals. The main purpose of the writing is to encourage students to consider their goals carefully and put a voice to their ideas. She uses the writing as a diagnostic tool to help her evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of students' writing and to assist her in developing and focusing mini-lessons on grammar and sentence development. Kevin Morris discusses BSC ("bibliography," "summary," "critique"), a quick exercise that has markedly cut down on his frustrations of getting students to choose good, reliable electronic, visual, and audio sources for their papers and getting students to write bibliographies of those sources correctly.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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