ERIC Number: ED222920
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Teaching Model: Bringing Local Writers into the Classroom.
Cleary, Polly Chase
Composition teachers can build a resource unit featuring writers from the surrounding community at little or no expense. Teachers may be acquainted with colleagues who have published, and newspapers, libraries, and even the telephone book may provide resources from which a writers directory can be compiled. Once a writer has been contacted, the instructor should discuss the scheduling details, stipend if any, and the possibility of videotaping the author. Prior to the classroom appearance, the author may want to submit a brief autobiographical sketch. Samples of the writer's work may be read during the appearance, and the author can describe his or her writing habits, attitudes, and changes in writing style over the years. Having the class write advance questions to ask can stimulate thought, as well as ensure attention during the appearance. Question-answer time should also be allowed at the end of the session. Because such a unit may be used by teachers in other content areas, the authors directory should contain appropriate information, and the directory should be made available at a central location. The videotapes will also make the author's appearance available to other teachers. The author's visit should be publicized through media releases, displays, and word of mouth; each successful appearance will set the stage for future appearances. (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; Dartmouth Coll., Hanover, NH.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the New England Association of Teachers of English (Bedford, NH, October 8-10, 1982). Prepared at the New England Studies Institute.