Writing to Learn , Thinking on Paper
May 2008, 6:30 minutes
Doris Plumb, Central Vermont Adult Basic Education, Barre, VT
Doris Plumb uses a writing process that involves writing quickly in a journal, without thinking, so students’ ideas come out fast. Doris gives a topic, Last Week’s Experiences. She stresses as a purpose writing to learn something, to find their thoughts on issues, on themselves and others. She asks the students to pick one of these experiences and focus on it, to list a group of words that come to mind as they think about that experience or event. Students individually brainstorm, by themselves, without thinking about the ideas, without being critical, to free their minds to generate ideas. Then she asks them to write a short paragraph about the Event. She asks for a topic sentence and at least three sentences. The students said this helped to clarify their feelings and discover priorities.
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