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ERIC Number: ED154382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Cowan, Elizabeth
Abstract words such as "tradition" are like ancient coins whose concrete images have worn away. Traditions can be of two forms--either alive, amendable, and expandable (such as those in a family's annual Christmas celebration), or dead, empty formalities. An example of an empty tradition is the strict rule in freshman composition classes that papers must have thesis statements; although this rule is not wrong, it is necessary to teach students the techniques of invention in order for the tradition to come back to life. Students who find something to say through one of the methods of formal invention theory will then understand about thesis sentences and will be able to write appropriate ones for their essays. There is nothing inherently wrong with traditions, then: the crucial issue is the liveliness of the spirit behind them. (CC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Conference on English in the Two-Year College (13th, Nashville, Tennessee, February 16-18, 1978)