Reading Assessment: Donald Murray

Instructions: Answer the following questions related to Donald Murray’s “Teach Writing as Process, Not Product”; these questions are designed to get you thinking about understanding the text, and designed to get you thinking about the value of the text:

  1. What does Murray mean when writes that teachers must “teach unfinished writing”?
  2. How would you explain “discovery through language” to a peer not currently taking our class?
  3. If the goal of this essay isn’t to simply explain the three steps of the writing process, what function does mentioning them serve in this essay?
  4. What are at least two of the implications Murray lists for focusing on process over product, and why are those implications important?
  5. Why do you think reading this is important for you to understanding writing, and how might you use this essay in developing your Formal Essay?
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