metaphorical response, first-year composition, writing centers, online tutoring
Writing instructors and writing tutors are often interested in discovering whether their responses to student writing facilitate student revision at a deep level. This teaching article illustrates how written metaphorical response can prompt student revision beyond surface features. It includes a description of tutor training in metaphorical response; tutors’ responses offered to first-year composition students’ first drafts of an assignment; students’ second-draft revisions; and remarks from interviews with tutors, students, and course instructors. In particular, I examine the specific metaphorical strategies used by tutors to convey revision advice. Generalizing from these findings, I show how tutors and teachers can use metaphor as a means of clarifying their intent, motivating students, and stimulating deep revision of students’ texts.
"Metaphorical Response and Student Revisions,"
Journal of Response to Writing: Vol. 7:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/journalrw/vol7/iss1/6