ERIC Number: ED036786
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Writing to Create Ourselves; A Manual for Teachers of English and Creative Writing in Bureau of Indian Affairs Secondary Schools. Indian Education Curriculum Bulletin No. 2.
Allen, T. D.; Povey, John
This guide book, the result of several years' work with Indian young people, offers suggestions and ideas based on the principle that a student's writing improves in direct proportion to the amount of writing he does. To supply enthusiastic motivation is the first essential of all English teaching. Writing can best begin from individual personal experience rather than from the abstraction of an exercise to be corrected. Even students with the most mediocre natural gifts may be encouraged to write better than they otherwise would. The effectiveness of the method described in this guide is that it "makes the Indian or Eskimo student recognize that English can be a vehicle for a much broader area of his experience than he has permitted it to embrace so far." Suggestions for motivating individual student interest, topic selection, writing and rewriting practices are discussed by Terry Allen in the light of her lifetime of work in American Indian education. The foreword and sections on teaching and writing poetry, by John Povey, are based on his years of interest in discovering African authors and encouraging them to use the English language as a medium of creative expression. (AMM)
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Sponsor: Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. Div. of Curriculum Development and Review.
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC.