Monday, November 7, 2011

Pre-selected Vocabulary and Writing

Annotated Research

Question: What happens when students are given pre-selected vocabulary to use when writing?

Answer: “Found that teaching a related set of words to students before they write an essay in which the words must be used can improve the quality of the essay.” AH Duin and MR Graves. 1987. P. 215.

Comment: This idea reminds me of the absolutely worst writing assignment I have ever experienced: Given fifty vocabulary words, students must use them in a composition—in order! I’m sorry, this idea smacks of the same thing. I hate it. RayS.

Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English.” JD Marshall and RK Durst. Research in the Teaching of English (May 1988), 213-227.

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