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David Bartholomaes primary purpose in Where Writing Begins is to expose the flaws within the way writing is taught and perceived and to give his view on what writing should implicate He uses a quote from Beginnings by Edward Said to show that writing is deeply affected by subject matter and the individual who writes about it He explains that students often have to learn to speak or put words into ways they are often not comfortable withThis for many studentsis a struggle often misinterpreted as a struggle for realization Students then captivate a rhetorical identification based on the societal norms presented to them Bartholomae emphasizes the difference between learning and writing Learning requires one to transform into an academic or intellectual He believes that writing requires similar qualities but is uniquely personified and invented as the student enters the university level He quotes Ken Dowst saying A student does not respond to a world that exist for direct touching Nor is he locked in a prison of subjectivity Rather he represents the world to himself and acts in behalf of or in reaction to his representations A change in ones conception of the world involves not simply a change in what one encounters but also in how one translates it He uses this quote to focus on how students represent themselves through their writing versus how the world is translated to them He voices of letting the student reflect on a moment of feeling instead of content His intention is to bring forth the writer as a person instead of the person as a writer He believes that with a successful balance of expression and proper teaching methods quality of student writing would improve Bartholomaereviews a number of teaching methods used by himself and others throughout his career The first method he discusses involves strategically constructed instruction within the classroom Instead of assigning numerous repetitive essays that didnt improve the quality
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