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ERIC Number: ED020928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 1
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TEACHING THE "UNTEACHABLE," THE STORY OF AN EXPERIMENT IN CHILDREN'S WRITING.
KOHL, HERBERT R.
SLUM CHILDREN, WHO ARE OFTEN CONSIDERED ILLITERATE AND UNABLE TO COMMUNICATE, MAY SIMPLY BE AFRAID TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES BECAUSE THEY FEEL THAT THE TEACHER CANNOT BE TRUSTED. THESE CHILDREN NEED TO BE ALLOWED TO DISCUSS AND WRITE ABOUT THEIR OWN EXPERIENCES, AND NOT ABOUT, FOR EXAMPLE, THE PROGRESS OF AMERICA. STORIES CONCERNING THE SUFFERING OF VARIOUS PEOPLES AND DISCUSSIONS ABOUT WORDS WITH MYTHOLOGICAL ORIGINS CAN BE USED TO CATCH THEIR INTEREST AND WIN THEIR CONFIDENCE. IN THEIR EARLY ATTEMPTS AT WRITING, THESE DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE ENCUMBERED BY RULES OF SPELLING AND GRAMMAR SINCE EVENTUALLY THEY WILL TRY TO WRITE AS WELL AS POSSIBLE. THAT THEY DO LEARN TO WRITE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR SOCIETY. (APPENDICES INCLUDE THE "MANIFESTO OF THE HUNTTING CONFERENCE" AND RESPONSES TO THE BOOK. NUMEROUS EXAMPLES OF STUDENT WRITING ARE GIVEN IN THE TEXT.) THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE FOR $1.00 FROM THE NEW YORK REVIEW, 250 WEST 57 ST., NEW YORK, N.Y. 10019. (JS)
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