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ERIC Number: ED018421
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Apr
Pages: 6
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Reference Count: 0
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TEACHING CREATIVE WRITING TO EMOTIONALLY-HANDICAPPED ADOLESCENTS.
MUSSEN, LENORE
AN EFFECTIVE AND PLEASANT THERAPEUTIC EFFECT CAN BE PRODUCED BY ENCOURAGING EMOTIONALLY-DISTURBED ADOLESCENTS TO LOOK AT, WORK WITH, AND WRITE UNRESTRICTEDLY ABOUT NATURAL BEAUTY. THEIR OCCASIONAL UNRESPONSIVENESS IS CHANGED TO WILLINGNESS AND THEIR CREATIVE EFFORTS ARE RE-DIRECTED FROM EXPRESSIONS OF FEAR AND DESPAIR AS THEY OBSERVE COLORFUL POSTCARDS, PRINTS, AND MAGAZINE ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE GRAND CANYON, AND COLLECT DESCRIPTIVE ADJECTIVES AND VERBS TO PORTRAY THE POWER, BEAUTY, AND MOVEMENT OF THE SCENES THEY ENCOUNTER. WHEN POETRY ABOUT THE GRAND CANYON AND GROFFE'S "GRAND CANYON SUITE" IS READ AND PLAYED TO THEM, MANY STUDENTS OF THEIR OWN VOLITION BEGIN TO WRITE DESCRIPTIVELY OR POETICALLY. THE PROJECT CAN BE EXPANDED TO INCLUDE MANY OTHER NATURAL BEAUTY AREAS. (EXAMPLES OF STUDENTS' WRITING ARE INCLUDED.) THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN "ENGLISH JOURNAL," VOL. 56 (APRIL 1967), 603-606, 609. (JB)
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Identifiers: CALIFORNIA; PATTON STATE HOSPITAL