ERIC Number: ED350620
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Writing across the Curriculum: A How-To Plan for a "Writing-in-the-Social Sciences" Class That Works.
Limbert, Claudia A.
A writing course (adapted from Eliot Wigginton's "Foxfire" method) for college freshmen and sophomores is taught in a way that is not only important to the students concerned but to their community--a valley in the "rust belt" of Pennsylvania--as a whole. The course differs from the usual writing-in-the-social-sciences course in three ways: (1) students work with three historical topics that are closely tied to their locale; (2) the students use primary materials (diaries, letters, scrapbooks, quilts, original maps and drawings); and (3) the students view themselves as professional writer-editors and act accordingly. The course is taught each fall with editing in the spring and publication in the summer of an annual soft-cover compilation. Early in the course, students are taught how to conduct interviews. Classes deal with group editing of students' articles and grammar review. A few classes are devoted to viewing a series of films, followed by discussion. After the semester is over, articles to be published are selected by the instructor with the help of volunteer student editors. The course is successful--the community feels good about preserving local history, the students begin to value their community, and families are sometimes brought together as they share memories and family history. (A flyer describing the course, the syllabus, a student questionnaire, and a publication release form are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Foxfire; Pennsylvania; Writing Contexts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College English Association (23rd, Pittsburgh, PA, March 27-29, 1992).