Shadowing the Masters: A Revision Activity for Narrative Writing

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Li-hsin Tu, Kanda University of International Studies

Writing, like other professional pursuits, is a skill that one can develop through shadowing and emulating the work of the masters. In this paper, I discuss how I use model texts during the revision process of narrative writing in my university-level EFL writing course in Chiba, Japan, and introduce an activity that helped students revise the opening lines of their personal narratives by shadowing the narrative leads of the model texts.