The Writing Process: A Short Review of Writing Literature
The article “Developing ‘Real-World Intelligence’: Teaching Argumentative Writing through Debate” by Dickson (2004) is a significant article. It is truly the gist of thesis writing in graduate school and for writing articles to be published. The author does a splendid job explaining the argumentative technique: identifying an issue, considering different views, defending a point of view, and responding to counterarguments (p. 34). The teacher prepares the students by first exposing them to the subject, like capital punishment. Then the teacher provides informative materials (e.g., programs, newspapers, magazines) to watch or read and obtain both sides of the issue. At first, I thought the teacher was doing too much work by choosing the materials to read, but when he said that he sometimes included a visit to the library to find articles on the subject which reinforces research skills (p.35), then I thought that was good. One section of this article that spoke to me was the essential words that signified opposition of a view: although, however, and yet. This is important because, as I said earlier, this is used in thesis writing which is one type of argumentative writing where the author refutes or challenges a theory. I also liked the debate teams. In a social studies class in high school, I remember debating an issue, even though I particularly impressed by that side. I learned so much about the topic and convinced myself that I believed in that issue after I was done. It was an amazing experience.
The article “Writer’s Workshop: Does it Improve the Skills of Young Writers?” by could be used for adults, too. The author rightly describes the writing process as what real writers do; they produce multiple drafts, engage in brainstorming activities; and edit and revise many times before publication. Having written several novels, I can testify that all these processes take place in the actual writing. I also agree with the research by Flower and Hayes (1981), who state, “writing is a recursive process in which writers continually plan and revise – not in separate discrete stages, but as they compose” (p. 5).
One other interesting note is that Graves, who wrote the bookWriting: Teachers and Children at Work (1983), believes that children need professional writers as mentors to have a richer source of topics from which to choose. I also found it fascinating how the author described developmental spelling in the primary classroom. Finally, I wholeheartedly agree that having students read mentor texts will provide them with good models from which to learn writing. I remember reading tons of books while growing up, and my love for reading probably helped me become an author.
Dickson, R. (2004). Developing “Real-World Intelligence:” Teaching argumentative writing through debate. English Journal, 4(1), pp. 34-40. https://doi.org/10.2307/4128845