ERIC Number: ED211989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Literature, Basic Skills, and the Workplace: Making Connections.
Both student and adult writers need to learn how to imagine clear and full contexts for their writing. These contexts include awareness of audience, knowledge of purpose, and creation of the proper voice befitting the purpose and audience. The critical necessity of these three elements in writing can be taught and learned most effectively through the study of literature, because literature by its very nature is an authentic voice speaking in a fully imagined context to fully imagined auditors or readers. Studying literature also increases students' abilities to use their imaginations and to maintain a critical awareness of what constitutes good writing. The aims of one technique for using literature to teach students about writing contexts are to present the author as a writer, to help the student reader think as a writer, and to create an identification between these writers that facilitates the transfer of writing technique from the professional to the student writer. This teaching technique involves both using the literary author's first and intermediate drafts as examples of how writing is revised for greatest effect by constantly imagining the desired context, and having student writers complete writing assignments similar to the assignment the author accomplished in the literary work. (RL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Audience Awareness
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Community College Humanities Association (Washington, DC, October 1981).