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ERIC Number: ED017511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Nov
Pages: 11
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Reference Count: 0
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LITERATURE SPARKS COMPOSITION.
MANDLEBAUM, NAOMI
LITERATURE, BEING READILY AVAILABLE AS PART OF THE CURRICULUM, IS A VALUABLE TOOL FOR INSTRUCTING STUDENTS IN COMPOSITION. THE USE OF LITERATURE CAN STIMULATE DISCUSSIONS AND EFFECTIVE WRITING AMONG STUDENTS OF VARIOUS GRADE AND ABILITY LEVELS. INTEREST IS GENERATED BY KEEPING THE CLASSWORK RELEVANT TO THE LIVES OF THE STUDENTS, AND THINKING IS MOTIVATED BY FREQUENTLY ASKING THEM PROVOCATIVE QUESTIONS. FOR EXAMPLE, STUDENTS CAN EXAMINE THE PROPOSITION, "IF YOU'RE OLD ENOUGH TO FIGHT, YOU'RE OLD ENOUGH TO VOTE," IN RELATION TO THE CHARACTERIZATION IN "THE SEAFARER." THEY CAN CONSIDER WHICH THREE OF BEOWULF'S CHARACTERISTICS ARE MOST IMPORTANT FOR A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE TO POSSESS, AND THEY CAN COMPARE AND CONTRAST THE DEVICES USED TO DELINEATE GUILT IN "MARKHEIM" AND "MACBETH." THE EMPHASIS IN POSING SUCH DISCUSSION AND COMPOSITION TOPICS IS NOT WHAT STUDENTS BELIEVE THE AUTHOR SAYS, BUT RATHER WHAT THEY THINK ABOUT WHAT THE AUTHOR SAYS. GRAMMAR RULES AND LINGUISTICS ARE REPLACED BY A RULE OF THUMB--USE THE EXPRESSION WHICH COMMUNICATES THE DESIRED IMPRESSION. THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THIS "LITERARY" APPROACH IS VERIFIED BY HONORS STUDENTS WHO PASS ADVANCED PLACEMENT TESTS, BY COLLEGE PREPARATORY STUDENTS WHO DO WELL AT HIGHLY COMPETITIVE UNIVERSITIES, AND BY GENERAL ENGLISH STUDENTS WHOSE ATTITUDES TOWARD WRITING, LITERATURE, AND THEMSELVES HAVE CHANGED IN A POSITIVE DIRECTION. (THIS PAPER WAS PRESENTED AT THE 1967 NCTE ANNUAL CONVENTION.) (RD)
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Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Champaign, IL.
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