Giving students heuristics to solve problems may not be the best way to help them.
Book Review: Writing With Power by Peter Elbow | Blogcritics
Research shows that students do not move from step to step as they solve problems even if they have learned a heuristic. When you assign middle or high stakes writing PDF , it is useful to think about why. Naturally there are times for high stakes writing PDF ; that is, writing that will be evaluated. When asking for high stakes writing, it is important to include peer review and comments from you in drafts. He likened this process to an autopsy. Peter then asked us to write again, this time to reflect on our own writing. He asked us to read what we had written, at least in part, to the person sitting next to us.
This was a great way to bring us back to the points he was making about the value of low stakes writing to help students learn because we also wrestle with ideas in our writing. In assessing high stakes writing, Peter advises a two-step process. Ask the student to write a cover letter explaining what was going on when the student wrote the piece. What is the student trying to say? How is the student responding to comments in the peer review? This helps you understand more about the writing. He provides helpful ways to respond to student writing PDF that saves time and addresses multiple aspects of the writing.
Teaching from it again. Good to go back to my sources of inspiration. Apr 12, Matt rated it liked it. Writing with Power is a book about how to improve writing, interwoven with the author's thoughts about writing, examples, and personal history around the different subjects. It's a solid three stars, which to me means "it does the job.
I might have given it four if I hadn't been on a mission as I read it: I was looking for techniques to improve my writing and didn't need all the extras.
I thought the Writing with Power is a book about how to improve writing, interwoven with the author's thoughts about writing, examples, and personal history around the different subjects. I thought the most useful sections were "More Ways of Getting Words on Paper," chapters of the second edition, which had several creative ways to generate ideas and turn it into prose, and "Writing and Magic," in which Elbow dares to tap into our sixth senses in an otherwise straightforward book.
I thought it was well worth the read -- or in my case, the skim, breezing through it to find good ideas. Nov 11, Matt rated it it was ok. Well I had to bow out of this one, it just wasn't what I was expecting. There was some decent advice, but nothing that really worked for me. It might be good for someone that has to write a lot of business reviews or long emails.
You can check it out if you want, but just know in the end some advice works and some doesn't. Mar 13, Thomas Reilly rated it liked it. There is useful information in this book. I found chapters that really meant something to me for where I am with my writing now: freewriting, poetry, revision, description. It is a bit of a tedious read at times.
It seems to drag at times. Elbow is of the "process" writing mentality.
I get a sense that a lot of people just have difficulty opening a vein and bleeding on the page. They may find this a better guide for them. I will probably refer back to this from time to time. Jun 27, Nina Dreyer rated it it was amazing Shelves: my-favourite-writing-manuals. Hands down one of the most useful writing manuals I've come across.
It's not specific to fiction writers, and teaches really useful tips and tricks for overcoming common stumbling blocks - I found the section on how to solicit feedback especially useful.
Feb 03, Liam rated it really liked it. A little pretentious and mystical, but self-aware enough to know it. Worthwhile for the experience and voice chapters near the end. Aug 25, Anne rated it really liked it.
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Used in a graduate course in scientific writing. Good writing advice, worth the read. Jan 12, Shannon Finck rated it liked it. Here's a summary of Elbow's general advice to writers: "Chill out, man. Solid advice but you have to muck your way through lengthy explanations and examples.
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I've read scores of books on writing. This may be the best one. Elbow has clearly thought about words for a long time and his book is the distilled gold from that thinking--a treasury of insight into the intricacies of the writing process and a conceptual toolbox full of techniques to get you writing fluently and effectively. His advice applies equally well to creative and expository writing. The book falters a bit in presentation.
To integrate the many good ideas into my daily practice, I'll have I've read scores of books on writing. To integrate the many good ideas into my daily practice, I'll have to review the material several times and I wish the book had been designed with a greater awareness for the reader's need to review. A visual reference chart would have been helpful to keep track of the techniques and their uses.
Also, Elbow is so good at thinking about writing that sometimes he thinks too much. I'm sure that musing on a variety of possible ideas was helpful to the author's own writing process, but some of his notions are too windy, and the book could have been much more powerful without them. Despite my minor frustrations, I say again: this may be the most helpful book on writing I have ever read. The author has the uncanny ability to get inside a writer's mind and speak to you directly from where you're struggling.
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There were many things I'd been doing--some right, some wrong, but most of them unconsciously. Elbow helps you become a more conscious writer and presents a wide array of non-gimmicky tools that help generate high-level work. He also completely re-conceptualizes what it means to write and, in the process, he can bring even the most alienated writer back into the fold, making writing approachable, useful, and even fun. Sep 03, Melissa rated it really liked it. This book won me over in spite of myself.
It took me a couple of months to work through the early chapters on "getting words on paper"; like many other reviewers, I found these ostensibly "practical" chapters frustrating because they were so meandering and repetitive. However, once I got into the middle section on "Revision," Elbow's philosophy of writing started to come across more clearly, and it resonated with me.
Central to this philosophy is the idea the practice of writing hinges on a dial This book won me over in spite of myself. Central to this philosophy is the idea the practice of writing hinges on a dialectic between instrumentality and magic, between discipline and freedom, between forcing yourself to write and letting your writerly self be. Throughout the book, Elbow stresses that good writing takes time, that ideas need to "cook," that revision is an essential and sometimes herculean task, but that the gravity of all this should never prevent you from writing.
He also stresses that everyone is capable of putting power into words, and this is something I really believe. I am not sure if I'll be implementing any of Elbow's "tips" directly into my writing process, but I do I feel that my process has been informed by his way of thinking about writing. If nothing else, I will forever be comforted by the fact that the final chapter on revision is called "Nausea.
The jacket of my old, library copy calls Writing with Power a "handbook," but I wouldn't call it that. It's a meditation on the art of writing that just might bring you into more peaceful coexistence with that art. Sep 10, Sarah Schantz rated it really liked it. I read some of the other reviews just now, and I realized that one of the reasons why I liked this book, is also the very reason others complained about it. People claimed to have not enjoyed Elbow's tendency to ramble, but I did; furthermore, I'm not entirely sure that "ramble" is the right verb for what does in his delivery--maybe "explore" is more appropriate?