ERIC Number: ED366963
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Remembering Our Roots, Writing Our Stories: Theoretical Underpinnings of Auto/Biographical Writing 310.
As the semester progresses, students in an autobiographical writing class at Slippery Rock University (Pennsylvania) develop a new awareness of themselves and their own places in a larger universe as well as an appreciation of themselves as writers. Language theory supports what the instructor observes in her students' writing development. A series of class writing assignments (designed to help students move their vision both inward and outward through language) make up the first half of the semester. The second half of the semester is spent writing and sharing a biography of the student writer's choice. The first time the biographies were assigned, at least two-thirds of the students wrote about family members rather than a notable person, as the instructor expected. Because all work is placed in a portfolio, and because all students in the class share their stories for their portfolios, the students arrive at an appreciation and a greater awareness of their unique history and the histories of others. (Two figures illustrating aspects of writing are included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Slippery Rock University PA; Writing Development
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (83rd, Pittsburgh, PA, November 17-22, 1993).