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  • 1. Metawriting By: Douglas James Joyce Publication: The Quarterly, Vol. 24, No. 4 Date: Fall 2002
  • 2. What is Metawriting?
    • Metawriting is basically writing about writing
    • Mr. Joyce, to alleviate these errors, challenged his students to write about their own grammar and mechanics to increase comprehension and decrease errors.
  • 3. Why should we care about Metawriting?
    • We have all faced repeated grammar and mechanical errors in student papers
    • Most students who have practiced metawriting agreed that they paid more attention to their own writing.
  • 4. Here is how it works…
    • After reading student papers, a teacher selects a frequently occurring error.
    • Then, the teacher points out all instances of the error and directs the student to write a one-page essay that compares and contrasts three sources that provide guidance on correct usage.
  • 5. Benefits
    • The two major benefits of “Metawriting”:
    • Reduces specific errors in subsequent writings
    • The one-page essay increases the use of research and writing sources
  • 6. Resources
    • Joyce’s original article with student examples, feedback, and instructions:
    • On the Use of Metawriting to Learn Grammar and Mechanics