ERIC Number: ED196039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Rewards: Knowledge and Liberation.
Part of the reward for expository college English papers is, of course, letter grades, but careful writing offers two greater rewards: knowledge and liberation. Teachers can best motivate students to write by seeing to it that the writing they assign teaches and challenges, and by assigning topics that are important to students but ones that they are not tired of seeing. One such topic is language. Assigning students to write a paragraph in which they tell how many hours in a day they use language and how they use it forces them to think about the complexity of language. It is a topic they can easily write about because they know something about it, but it is also one which they must think about as they have never written about it before. To teach students that language is a very powerful tool, teachers can lead them to examine the subtle differences between verbs like "compare,""list,""define," and "describe," or examine redundant phrases like "throughout the entire." By writing "about" transitions students can learn to pay close attention to how transitions are used and what they mean. Euphemisms are another use of language that can be very powerful. By learning the subtle persuasion behind them, students acquire knowledge about the power of language, and are liberated from a faulty reality. (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (34th, Denver, CO, October 16-18, 1980).