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ERIC Number: ED052184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Nov
Pages: 16
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Creative Writing for Self-Understanding: Approaches and Outcomes.
Furner, Beatrice A.
Creative writing is considered as a form of creative expression in which the child expresses his ideas, feelings, or reactions. This expression is original and spontaneous, and allows the child to organize his experiences so that they assume a personal meaning. With this experience, the child, through the process of symbolization, adds to his identity. The methodology and creative process steps in a creative writing experience are: (1) motivation period in which to generate interest, develop a mood, and create a need to write; (2) exchange of ideas to crystallize each child's thinking; (3) writing period; (4) exchange of ideas; and (5) follow-up activities, if appropriate. The means for accomplishing each of these steps are described. Since the goal of the experience is self-understanding and awareness of the world in relation to self, the teacher will have to know children well, participate openly with them, and observe them closely both in the process and following it in order to sense growth. Examination of the product as to uniqueness, ability to communicate, mood or feeling, effective use of language, and the effect of the writing on the audience can be of value. (DB)
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Note: Speech given at the Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English (60th, Atlanta, November 1970)