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Evaluating Writing

David Philips

Despite the excellent research of Janet Emig, Donald Graves and others, the writing process itself is still largely a mystery.
We know that it is a very complex process requiring the mastery of a variety of interrelated skills. Apart from the essential inputs of reading and thinking, skills such as knowing how to organize material, awareness of the teacher's goal, understanding the purpose of the specific writing task, all play an important part in creating written material. It is not surprising therefore, to find that pupils vary considerably in their ability to write. While some pupils improve their writing with relative ease, others consistently find writing a difficult enterprise.

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