Stanley E. Fish the writer of the article "What Should Colleges Teach? Part3", is a well-known English professor. He explains that in lower levels of educations teaching basic skills for example structure and grammar are not taught well to students. In his article, he enlightens his readers that one of the most important things to teach in college –level courses is how to write proper sentences. Mr. Fish quotes “Basically, there is only one thing to be learned, that a sentence is a structure of logical
relationships; everything else follows.” He believes that it should be a narrowly focused class whose sole purpose is to teach how to create proper sentences.
During my research process, I have conducted a survey, tutorial observations/interview of a tutor working at The Ohio State University Newark Campus Writers Studio , among other research. I agree with Stanley Fish’s claim however, I consider the process of pre-writing as another great tool to use before crafting essays and papers as young writers.
Pre-Writing is the process that includes such activities as brainstorming, organizing, and conducting preliminary research. Pre-writing is primarily the first piece of knowledge you should know and use in writing. Pre-writing encourages the writer to do well on the first draft by taking part of this process which includes different strategies towards success.
To begin with, brainstorming is a wonderful device to implement when a writing task is given to you as a college student. This will encourage ideas to come, rather being conflicted with a situation where you cannot find what to include in your writing. Communicating with others and orally expressing your thoughts prior to actually writing will benefit you.
Lastly, conducting preliminary research before starting the process of writing is a great way to begin college level writing. Exploring thoughts while analyzing sources can be conducted, to possibly use in your writing should be done prior to writing process. By surfing the Web and using academic books that are about your topic are sources you can use in your writing. Evaluating different paths you can take your research to create well written writing can be accomplished by students who use pre-writing.
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