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Metawriting

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Metawriting

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

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