Descriptions, Dialogues, and Flashbacks [James B. Webster, Ph.D.]

Author: James B. Webster, Ph.D.
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  • 6-8
  • 9-12
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Descriptions, Dialogues, and Flashbacks [James B. Webster, Ph.D.]
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Dr. Webster explains his approach to teaching descriptions, dialogue, and flashbacks to elementary school through university students. Recorded at the 2008 Writing Educator's Symposium.

Dr. Webster summarizes his approach:

"Following my usual procedure, I give a diagram with short notes, followed by a model composition. There are three ways to write a descriptive paragraph and after this lesson was taught all of my students had to follow one of the models. No more random descriptions. Following a definition of a dialogue set, rules of structure, style, and mechanics come before a model. The flashback paragraph follows a similar pattern, first a very few rules and then the models. It is only advanced because it is new. Writers of any level, grades four to university can do it."

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Specifications: 52 minutes

Copyright Date: July 2008

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