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ERIC Number: ED114852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 237
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The Use of Visual Media and Popular Culture in Teaching English Composition.
Pavlik, Katherine Bernice Payant
There are many ways films, paintings, and photographs can be used in teaching freshman college composition courses. These materials illustrate such rhetorical principles as unity, use of detail, comparison, point of view, and metaphor. Similarly, popular culture such as advertisements, song lyrics, comics, newspapers, and magazines can illustrate rhetorical principles, especially the problem of audience-directed writing. To show the uses of these materials, this study analyzes many examples, suggesting topics for study and discussion. the proposed course combines suggestions taken from the literature relating to visual media and popular culture, and the results of several experimental courses in freshman composition taught at Northern Michigan University during 1973-75. Students reacted with enthusiasm to the courses, particularly praising the use of films and popular culture. A large majority gained a positive attitude toward writing, literature, and art in general. Sixty-five percent of the students felt their writing skills improved considerably as a result of taking one or more of these courses, although more research needs to be done on the effectiveness of using the mass media to improve writing. (Author/RB)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: A.D. Dissertation, The University of Michigan