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ERIC Number: ED018422
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1961-Dec
Pages: 6
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ONCE MORE TO THE WELL--ANOTHER LOOK AT CREATIVE WRITING.
PETERSON, R. STANLEY
CAUGHT IN THE PRESSURE FOR TEACHING MORE EXPOSITORY PROSE, THE HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHER IS IN DANGER OF REQUIRING A KIND OF COMMUNICATION FROM STUDENTS THAT DEADENS THEIR CREATIVITY. HOWEVER, WHEN CREATIVE WRITING IS TAUGHT WELL, IT REQUIRES AS MUCH STUDENT EFFORT AND PLANNING AS DOES EXPOSITORY WRITING. THE TEACHER CAN BEST TEACH CREATIVE WRITING BY SHARPENING THE STUDENTS' OBSERVATIONAL POWERS, STORY-TELLING FACULTIES, SENSE OF FORM, AND ABILITY TO USE LANGUAGE EFFECTIVELY. IN TEACHING THE SHORT STORY, ASSIGNMENTS CAN BE DEVISED TO ILLUSTRATE THE NEED FOR STUDENTS TO KNOW THEIR MATERIALS THOROUGHLY, TO NOTE CHANGES IN MOVEMENT WHEN DESCRIBING ACTION, TO PERCEIVE FORCES WHICH WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE A STORY, AND TO UNDERSTAND THE CONFLICTS AND SETTINGS OF WELL-KNOWN SHORT STORIES BEFORE WRITING THEIR OWN. IN TEACHING POETRY, PROJECTS CAN BE DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE THE STUDENTS' SENSITIVITY, THEIR INTEREST IN LANGUAGE SOUNDS, AND THEIR PERCEPTION OF SUBTLE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN WORDS OR IMAGES. (THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE "ENGLISH JOURNAL," VOL. 50 (DECEMBER 1961), 612, 617-19, 637.) (JB)
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