Possible uses of the original text:
- Teachers focused on such aspects of the writing art as grammar, punctuation, syntax, and spelling.
- Instructors concentrated on such parts of the skill of written composition as "grammar, punctuation, syntax, and spelling".
- A mechanical approach dominated the teaching of composition in the first years of the 1960's.
- Copperman (1980) asserts that some of the criticism of early 1960's writing instruction was justified, especially in the case of intelligent students, and that what was good was thrown out with what was bad: "...the baby went out with the bath water."
- During the later years of the 1960's, two strong criticisms were made of such teaching of writing: first, that the students could not be creative and, second, that only imitative writing was encouraged.
- One view (Copperman, 1980) is that, although there was good evidence to support some of the critical judgements, the effective aspects of instruction were given up together with the ineffective.