Friday, February 20, 2009

Secondary School Topic: Two Approaches to Teaching Style

10-second review: Deductive and inductive teaching.

Title: “Instruction in Style.” RL Graves. College Composition and Communication (May 1974), 186-190. Quoted in English Journal (April 1975), p. 70. Both are publications of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Summary: Deductive. Give the name of the stylistic feature (alliteration). Then give three examples from published material. Define the stylistic feature. Students write their own examples. They look for other examples in their reading.

Inductive. Give three sentences with the stylistic feature (alliteration). Ask students what they see in common in the three sentences. Students then label the stylistic feature and define it. Write their own examples. Look for examples in their own reading.

Comment: Two basic approaches to teaching. RayS.

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