ERIC Number: ED333430
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Informal Freshman Writing of Orally-Based Literature and Its Relationship to Formal Writing.
Effective writing is nearly impossible without engagement with the material. The informal journal may be the only place in the composition class which clearly respects and encourages students' individuality, and which cannot be accused of trying to force them into an academic straitjacket of a sometimes loose, sometimes tight, fit. At the same time, the opportunity exists to make the journal more than a psychological tool. If the journal can be used, in part, to "sneak in" disciplined composition pedagogy through creative assignments, with an emphasis especially on the special offerings the oral literary tradition provides, engaged, aware students who remember that they have an audience may be the result. Use of myths from the Native American tradition, for example, can serve as prompts for pedagogical purposes. (Handouts containing an abstract, an overview of the article, sample assignments, student responses, and readings are attached.) (PRA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Oral Literature; Oral Tradition
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (42nd, Boston, MA, March 21-23, 1991).