Why Johnny Can't Write: How to Improve Writing Skills

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Psychology Press, 1990 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 131 pages
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The authors of this book, both experienced teachers, examine the controversy surrounding two popular methods for teaching writing -- the "process" approach and its offspring, Writing Across the Curriculum. Both have recently been called into question for their ineffectiveness. An alternative lesser-known procedure called "sentence combining," which has been proven successful in numerous studies over the past fifteen years, finally is gaining the attention it deserves. Using the sentence combining approach, the authors present a rationale for re-thinking and re-tooling the English classroom and consequently making the entire educational system work more effectively.

This book is useful for teachers at any level, especially those involved in writing instruction. It is also worthwhile reading for those wishing to improve their writing skills. Doing the sample exercises will strengthen writing skills and provide a solid foundation for a lifelong program of language growth.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Johnnys Country is Losing Business
1
The Ineffectual Monster
5
Chapter 3 Sentence Combining to Open Options
13
Product of the LearningtoWrite Process
25
Flying by Imitation
39
Chapter 6 Writing Talking and Notetaking Across the Curriculum
65
Chapter 7 Chickens and Thoughts
81
Chapter 8 The Inquiry Method
83
Chapter 9 Teaching Usage and Functional Grammar
89
Chapter 10 Additional Sentence Combining Ideas
99
Literature Versus Writing
107
Chapter 12 UnShotgunning and DePack Ratting
117
Bibliography
119
Index
127
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About the author (1990)

Arthur Whimbey, a major player in the critical thinking skills movement, has written numerous books and articles. His books include Intelligence Can Be Taught, Analytical Reading and Reasoning, Analyze, Organize, Write and Problem Solving and Comprehension.

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