Dr. Myra Linden

Dr. Myra J. Linden, one of the authors of Outstanding African-Americans: A Text Reconstruction Program for Improving Writing, Reading, and Reasoning Skills, is also the author of Why Johnny Can’t Write: How To Improve Writing Skills, and Analytical Writing and Thinking: Facing the Tests. Her teaching experience ranges from 9th grade English through College Shakespeare, including 20 years as the writing specialist in the Academic Skills Center of Joliet Junior College. Linden2.jpg (74715 bytes)

Dr. Linden used text reconstruction extensively to teach composition in English classes, and analyzed student performance in several critical areas to evaluate this approach. Dr. Linden has this to say about text reconstruction:

"In a study of ‘before‘ and ‘after‘ papers of students who used text reconstruction, I concluded that text reconstruction was effective in helping students learn to organize their ideas into coherent paragraphs. The most marked improvement in their second samples was in content. Students were able to furnish specific details to support general statements.  In addition, students showed consistent improvement in organization and style.

"I believe that this approach works because the constant practice in arrangement of content from the general to the specific provided by the text … fosters the most basic writing skills of presenting specific content and organizing it logically into a cohesive pattern. Students replace their faulty composing patterns with effective ones that become automatic skills. In addition, students who do significant amounts of text reconstruction learn indispensable techniques for effective study skills. It helps note-taking. It aids in learning outlining and summarizing skills, and it teaches the general-specific arrangement of ideas."

Dr. Myra Linden


Dr. Myra J. Linden has devoted 35 years to teaching English and speech in high schools and community colleges. In addition to a Ph.D. in English, Linden also has an M.S. in Education (English Major) and an M.A. in Library Science. Dr. Linden has published over thirty journal articles on writing, feminism, and onomastics in addition to the books listed. Linden’s Ph.D dissertation, The Development of Text Reconstruction, traces the components of text reconstruction back 2,000 years. Modern text reconstruction is a combination of the learning-to-write process used by such noted authors as William Shakespeare, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Louis Stevenson, Winston Churchill, Jack London, and Malcolm X. Linden’s Ph.D dissertation, The Development of Text Reconstruction, traces the components of text reconstruction back 2,000 years. Modern text reconstruction is a combination of the learning-to-write process used by such noted authors as William Shakespeare, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Louis Stevenson, Winston Churchill, Jack London, and Malcolm X.