Postsecondary Education Consortium, University of Tennessee, College of Education, Center on Deafness, 2229 Dunford Hall, Knoxville, TN 37996-4020. Tel: 865-974-0607; Fax: 865-974-3522; Web site: http://www.sunsite.utk.edu.
Guides - Classroom - Teacher
This handbook presents materials for 10 DESK (Developing English Skills and Knowledge) workshops designed to assist students with deafness or hearing impairments make a smooth transition from high school to postsecondary institutions by enhancing their English writing skills. The workshops address: (1) demystifying college by allowing students to ask questions regarding all aspects of the college experience; (2) making a connection between everyday evaluating and written evaluations, introducing the concepts of forming criteria, presenting reasons, collecting evidence in evaluating, and presenting a visually-oriented means of pre-writing for an evaluation essay; (3) illustrating how the criteria, reasons, and evidence can be transformed into prose and establishing the qualities of good body paragraphs; (4) reinforcing the qualities of good body paragraphs and developing revision skills; (5) introducing characteristics of good introductory paragraphs; (6) introducing the two ways of organizing comparison-or-contrast essays: the point-by-point and the block plans; (7) introducing the criteria of the thesis in the comparison-or-contrast essay; (8) drafting the comparison-or-contrast essay; (9) assisting students individually at any state of the writing process; and (10) familiarizing students with the college campus. Each chapter consists of objectives, materials, preparation (when necessary), procedures, and comments. Supplementary materials are also included. (CR)