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An Approach to Factual Writing [microform] : An Invited Article / David Wray and Maureen Lewis
Bib ID 5672452
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Wray, David
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1998 
16 p. 
Summary

This article suggests one way of categorizing types of factual writing and introduces a teaching strategy for developing students' awareness of structural and language features of many factual genres. It is based on genre theory and the idea that generic structures of texts are determined by the purpose of the text. Six nonfiction genres are identified: recount, report, procedure, explanation, persuasion, and discussion. Like the prompting of dialogue in speech, young writing students benefit from prompting by their instructors in the writing process. Two models are suggested for writing instruction, including the steps: (1) demonstration (teacher modeling); (2) joint activity (collaborative writing); (3) scaffolded activity (supported writing, in one model only); and (4) independent activity (independent writing). Writing frames are also suggested as particularly useful for average writers and those with writing difficulties, and they constitute a basic outline given to students to guide their nonfiction writing. (Contains 18 references.) (EF)

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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Cohesion (Written Composition)  |  Discourse Modes.  |  Elementary Secondary Education.  |  Writing Instruction.  |  Writing Processes.  |  Writing Strategies.  |  Writing Models  |  Genre Approach
Form/genre Opinion Papers.
Other authors/contributors Lewis, Maureen, author  |  International Reading Association, Newark, DE
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