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ERIC Number: ED177576
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 18
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Pictures in the Clouds: Teaching Writing As a Playful Activity.
Murphy, Gratia
Too often college composition students see language as an end in itself, rather than as a means to realization of self and world, and teachers need to establish a classroom environment that stimulates and demands that students use their language to find out about themselves. Techniques helpful in shaping composition classes toward this end include: begin writing classes by examining style, particularly writing style that appeals primarily to the senses; reduce poetry to single prose statements and turn directions into poetry; play the "sentence game," mixing student and professionally produced sentences for identification; explain the linguistic concept of nominalization and the power--and danger--that lies in naming; recall language's affinity to play in the imaginations of children; use cartoons to illustrate the ability to shape reality or to re-view the world; demonstrate how distance, time, and familiarity influence perception in the context of interviews with foreign students; and finally, incorporate science fiction to lead students to contemplate a world far different from theirs. (Suggestions for specific writing assignments are included.) (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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