Thursday, October 21, 2010

Topic: Basic Writers

Question: What should basic writers learn about writing?

Answer: “The implication of this study is that basic writers benefit from an approach that focuses NOT upon remediation of prerequisite mechanical skills, but upon writing process, the rhetorical situation and the writing of whole discourse.” MAS Herbert, 1983, 212.

Comment: One of the excuses I will NOT accept for postponing writing \instruction for Basic Writers is “He can’t write a good sentence.” What the heck is a “good” sentence? I define “Basic Writers” as never having been instructed in the writing process, from brainstorming, through the rough draft, revision, and editing to fix sentences. RayS.

Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of Literature and the Teaching of Writing.” DJ Dieterich and RH Behm. Research in the Teaching of English (May 1984), 201-218.

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