ERIC Number: ED229785
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Writing in the Introductory Literature Class.
The typical assignment in introductory literature courses asking students to interpret the meaning of a work is inappropriate for most college students because it makes demands they cannot meet, it does not give them transferable skills, and it does not promote a love of literature. Instead, teachers should give assignments that encourage students to produce writing that gives its readers a glimpse into the process by which a particular student has understood or even failed to understand a work of serious literature. Assignments for specified audiences and purposes that ask students to write letters and reports about how they experienced what they have read can produce such writing. By doing such assignments, students discover that their opinions and experiences are important and thus they learn to express themselves rather than to write what they think the teachers want them to write. (Sample assignments are included.) (JL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (34th, Detroit, MI, March 17-19, 1983).