ERIC Number: ED283045
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Using the Word Processor in Writing Groups.
Writing groups can use word processors or microcomputers in many different types of writing activities. Four hour-long sessions at a word processor with the help of a skilled word processing tutor have been found to be sufficient to provide a working knowledge of word processing. When two or three students enrolled in a writing class are assigned to a word processor or microcomputer, these machines can be valuable alternatives to typewriters, blackboards, or pen and paper. Word processors and microcomputers can be used to (1) help writers gain confidence, fluency, and enjoyment of written words and thereby overcome their blocks about writing "creatively" and (2) help students become aware of the style and structure of their writing. This booklet explains the procedures for conducting the following 10 different learning activities in writing groups: conducting one-sided phone conversations, maintaining a dialogue between external/internal voices, developing preparatory word lists, expanding a sentence, expanding a story, converting direct and indirect speech, converting first- and third-person narratives, paragraphing, and doing general editing and restructuring of written work. (MN)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Unit, London (England).