ERIC Number: ED362870
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
StreetWise Writers: Use of "StreetWise" in Creative Writing Classes.
Vertreace, Martha M.
Written by and about the homeless, the Chicago newspaper "StreetWise" has potential for use in creative writing classes. An urban community college instructor uses the newspaper to provide material from which her students, many of whom are at or below the poverty level, can derive ideas for writing and to raise her students' level of awareness about the homeless. Precisely because they are so economically close to the "StreetWise" vendors, the students sometimes find it difficult to use the stuff of their own lives in writing stories. Using readings from "StreetWise" allows then to discuss these issues while maintaining an emotionally protected distance. As a result of using the "StreetWise" material, some students have continued to read the paper, buying copies from a local vendor. While fulfilling a need for specific information, this material also makes poverty less anonymous and less shame-producing. (Seven writing assignments and material from "StreetWise" to accompany each assignment are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Illinois (Chicago); StreetWise (Newspaper)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Midwest Regional Conference on Teaching English in the Two-Year College (Madison, WI, October 7-9, 1993).