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ERIC Number: ED020166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Nov
Pages: 4
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Reference Count: 0
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TEACHING COMPOSITION WITH FILM.
COURSEN, HERBERT R., JR.
A COMPOSITION PROGRAM DESIGNED TO GIVE UPWARD BOUND STUDENTS A FEELING OF SUCCESS WAS BASED ON FILMS WHICH THE STUDENTS VIEWED, DISCUSSED, AND WROTE ABOUT. THE FILMS FELL ROUGHLY INTO THE CATEGORIES OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS, POLITICS AND PROPAGANDA, AND ART AND MUSIC. FOLLOWING CLASS DISCUSSIONS, STUDENTS WERE REQUIRED MERELY TO "WRITE ABOUT THE FILM." THEN, IN INDIVIDUAL CONFERENCES, THEY WERE ASKED TO READ THEIR COMPOSITIONS ALOUD, NOT ONLY TO EXPOSE RHYTHMIC AND SYNTACTIC PROBLEMS IN THE COMPOSITIONS, BUT ALSO TO FOSTER IN STUDENTS SOME FEELING OF COMMITMENT TO THEIR WORDS. THEIR PAPERS, WHICH WERE EXAMINED ONLY AS PRELIMINARY STEPS TOWARD GREATER ACHIEVEMENTS IN WRITING, WERE GIVEN NO GRADES. TEACHERS ATTEMPTED TO EXPAND THE STUDENTS' INTERESTS AND ENCOURAGE THEIR SELF-DIRECTION. AT THE FINAL MEETING OF THE UPWARD BOUND STAFF, THE SUCCESSES OF STUDENTS WERE DISCUSSED AND MEASURED IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY COULD DO, RATHER THAN WHAT THEY SHOULD DO. (THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN "IDEA EXCHANGE," VOL. 3 (NOVEMBER 1967), 6-7, 28-29, AND IS REPRINTED IN "COLLEGE BOARD REVIEW" NUMBER 67, SPRING 1968, 13-15.) (MM)
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Identifiers: MAINE; UPWARD BOUND