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ERIC Number: ED175059
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Using Literature in a Basic Writing Course.
Grindal, Gracia
Literature can be used in a writing course if the teacher carefully chooses the literature to be studied, if the writing assignments are sequenced so that they make some kind of developmental sense, and if the writing activity is used to clarify student thinking about the literature. Attention to these three elements was essential to the success of a six-week summer course in basic writing, where the teachers grounded all writing activities in responses to literature. Using the workshop approach, they developed student writing in stages that emphasized levels of generality, subordination, and the basis of rhetorical (oral and written) discourse in probabilities. These concepts were developed by interpreting literature while coincidentally applying fundamentals of F. Christensen's rhetoric, the "TRI" pattern (topic, restriction, illustration), and Aristotle's treatment of the enthymeme. Attention to the enthymeme especially reaffirmed the teachers' resolve that teaching students how to write about a story helps them to learn how to think, how to interpret information, and how to transform external realities into internal, intellectual constructs. (RL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Regional Conference on English in the Two-Year College (14th, Des Moines, Iowa, February 15-17, 1979)