ERIC Number: ED064207
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Imaginary Worlds: Notes for a New Curriculum.
The major portion of this book by a professional writer employed as a special teacher records experiences, observations, techniques, and reflections of creative writing activities in selected 6th and 8th grade social studies classes of a public school. Focus of this project is upon producing a new curriculum that is relevant to children's experiences and interests, in the hope that pupils will create their own literature. The objective is to involve students in sustained, independent writing. The theme "Imaginary Worlds" is gigantic and varied, provides continuity, and implies questions of philosophical, cultural, and religious issues that relate to and have impact upon other disciplines. Samples of the students creative works on traveling, imaginary states, religion, war, and schools are included. Flexible, creative teaching techniques suggest how to initiate writing through the use of records, discussion, and introduction of readings on related topics. Major problems of the project are lack of teacher contact with the children because of the class size and a physical setting that is not conducive to creative writing. A related document is SO 003 127. (SJM)
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Humanities Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Literature, Secondary Education, Student Developed Materials, Teacher Developed Materials, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods, Thematic Approach
Teachers and Writers Collaborative; c/o P.S. 3, 490 Hudson St., New York, N.Y. 10014 (1.00)
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Authoring Institution: Teachers and Writers Collaborative, New York, NY.