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  • Definition of Brainstorming
    to write about or points to make about your topic It can be done at any time during the writing process You can brainstorm the topics for a whole paper or just a conclusion or an example The important point about brainstorming is that there should be no pressure to be brilliant Students should simply open their minds to whatever pops into them Think of it as a kind of

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  • Definition of Listing
    Page Authors Contributors Definition of Listing Listing is a brainstorming technique many people find useful It means doing just what its name suggests listing possible topics and then sublists of things you could say about each topic A list could consist of the main topic of regional dialects and then sublists would be regional dialects you know or have experienced Additional sublists might be particular words of each of those

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  • Brainstorming and Listing Exercise Teacher Instructions
    have had that might work as topics for the writing assignment If the topic is literacy you might ask questions such as What sorts of experiences have you had with language that taught you something about the nature of language or how language works Write these possible topics on the board or on an overhead A brainstorming session might produce topics such as regional dialects you ve heard or spoken becoming part of a new community i e marrying into a family of sports fanatics traveling to a foreign country learning how to communicate with your pet learning the jargon of the composition community etc Then select two or three of the topic ideas Generate a list on the board or overhead sheet of all the different subtopics you can think of that are connected to those ideas List out some of the common expressions of the dialects you know for example Or do a comparison between dialects What was it that bothered you about being around all the sports talk After you ve generated your lists ask your students to help you find possible connections between the subtopics Perhaps you notice that the two dialects are really similar in some way i e that they both use jargon that seems to reflect the ethnicity of the original settlers of the area Or maybe the speed of speech in each region seems to match the pace of life there This part of the exercise should be messy because you are still brainstorming recording random thoughts Then ask your students which of the topics you ve listed seems like it will provide enough material for a three page paper Cross out those topics they think won t work Then have students generate their own lists using this same process After they

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  • Brainstorming and Listing Exercise Student Instructions
    possible topics for the essay Then pick two or three possible topics and list as many subtopics for these as you can think of After finishing your list draw lines make arrows stars whatever works for you to indicate connections between different subtopics Then cross out any topics you think won t generate enough information for a three page paper Select two of the remaining topics and freewrite on each of them for five minutes Reminders Brainstorming is an informal way of generating topics to write about or points to make about your topic It can be done at any point along the writing process You can brainstorm a whole paper or just a conclusion or an example The important point about brainstorming is that there should be no pressure to be brilliant You should simply open your mind to whatever pops into it Think of it as a kind of free association When I say literacy what pops into your mind Much of what you will come up with will not be useful but that s okay Part of brainstorming will involve a selection process Listing is a brainstorming technique many people find useful It means doing just what

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  • Suggested Readings
    from The Prentice Hall Guide Student Readings from Other Sources Teacher Readings from Other Sources Print Friendly Page Authors Contributors Suggested Readings Below is a list of texts that would be appropriate to hand out to your students plus texts that can be read by the teacher Texts for Students Readings from The Prentice Hall Guide for College Writers Third Edition Student Readings from Other Sources Texts for Teacher Teacher

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  • Readings from The Prentice Hall Guide for College Writers
    Brainstorming and Listing Exercise Teacher Instructions Brainstorming and Listing Exercise Student Instructions Suggested Readings Readings from The Prentice Hall Guide Student Readings from Other Sources Teacher Readings from Other Sources Print Friendly Page Authors Contributors Readings from The Prentice Hall Guide for College Writers Back to Suggested Readings Chapter Four Remembering should be assigned background reading for your students Techniques for Remembering pages 104 6 Tweet HELP SITE INDEX ABOUT

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  • Student Readings from Other Sources
    Other Sources Back to Suggested Readings Donald Robert B et al Writing Clear Essays Third Edition Prentice Hall Upper Saddle River NJ 1996 4 5 A brief overview of brainstorming freewriting and journal keeping collecting techniques Basic level of writing Reinking James A Andrew W Hart and Robert Von Der Osten Strategies for Successful Writing A Rhetoric Research Guide and Reader Fourth Edition Prentice Hall Upper Saddle River NJ 1996

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  • Teacher Readings from Other Sources
    Readings from Other Sources Teacher Readings from Other Sources Print Friendly Page Authors Contributors Teacher Readings from Other Sources Back to Suggested Readings Connors Robert and Cheryl Glenn The St Martin s Guide to Teaching Writing 2nd Edition New York St Martin s 1992 Provides an overview of teaching composition Highlights the process of composition including topic generation and focus Elbow Peter Writing With Power New York Oxford UP 1981 Discusses freewriting as a means of generating topics Elbow Peter Writing Without Teachers New York Oxford UP 1973 Discusses freewriting and other prewriting techniques that can help students to find their own topics Gebhardt Richard C Initial Plans and Spontaneous Composition Toward a Comprehensive Theory of the Writing Process CE 44 1982 620 27 Lunsford Andrea An Update of the Bibliography on Basic Writing Teaching Composition Twelve Bibliographical Essays Gary Tate Ed Texas Christian University Fort Worth 1987 207 226 Provides an updated bibliography to texts on basic writing including helping students get started Briefly discusses recent issues of teaching basic writing Shaughnessy Mina P Basic Writing Teaching Composition Twelve Bibliographical Essays Gary Tate Ed Texas Christian University Fort Worth 1987 177 206 A bibliography to texts on basic writing

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