Monday, January 19, 2009

Topic: Pre-writing

10-second review: Teacher of freshman college composition discovered that students could tell her what they wanted to write, but then would ask, “What did I just say?” The author has an answer to that question.

Title: “Leave Your Paper at the tone….” Carrie DuPre. Teaching English in Two-Year Colleges (December 2008), 191-192. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Summary: Students dial their own cell-phone numbers and then talk out their compositions on their voice mail. Can then hear what they have said and fashion it into a written composition.

Comment: The point here is “talking out” the composition as a pre-writing activity. The same idea appeared long ago when teachers had students use tape recorders. RayS.

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