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ERIC Number: ED348677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 14
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Today's Student Is Tomorrow's Citizen.
Urowitz, Jack; Bozzato, Eva
Contextualizing reality is the final goal of academic pursuit, and in college level language studies, a key goal should always be to make students aware of what they already know. The words used by humans are either organizational, functional words, or they are related to cultural literacy. Cultural literacy is a body of knowledge that all people share. Rhetoric can be studied from a classical orientation in order to demonstrate its applications for citizens today. A composition pattern can be used to format the logic of discourse and for critiquing virtually any type of oratory or written essay. A composition pattern makes students aware of what they already know. Moving from rhetoric to discourse, students shudder to think of grammar and parts of speech, but instructors can help them to understand the function of word types. By focusing on function words, or words that can not be drawn and which are used to organize and signify relationships, students can sometimes discover unclear statements. A color-coded word game played like Scrabble, in which students try to string words together into sentences, has also proven effective for creativity. By making students aware of their own language usage, they are helped to appreciate the linguistic miracle which is the hallmark of the human species. (An outline headed "How to Edit for Composition Pattern"; a list of function words; and a table headed "College Reading and Writing: The Composition Pattern" are appended.) (HB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Cultural Literacy