ERIC Number: ED232949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb-4
Reference Count: 0
"The Down-Trodden Slaves of the Needle," or, The Study of American Women, 1840-1910, through the Writing of a Dime Novel.
Chilcoat, George W.
Arranged into four parts, the paper offers practical and motivating techniques for using the dime novel in high school classrooms, particularly in the study of women's history. The first part of the paper describes the historical background of the dime novel that was originally intended to entertain the reading public with fast-paced action, high adventure, and ethically uplifting stories. The second part of the paper discusses the use of the dime novel in the classroom and lists 63 themes related to women's involvement in the years 1845-1910 that can be used as a catalyst for discussion. Part 3 presents procedures for using the dime novel in the classroom, including introducing the history of the dime novel and providing specific guidelines for completing the assignment; holding student conferences to assess progress; and conducting and concluding follow-up activities. The last part of the document includes a student handout for writing a dime novel which directs students in the effective use of characterization and plot outline as well as a graphic display and instructions for the completion of an illustrated title page. (LH)
Descriptors: Course Organization, Creative Teaching, Creative Writing, Descriptive Writing, Females, High Schools, Interdisciplinary Approach, Literary Devices, Local Color Writing, Motivation Techniques, Novels, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, United States History, United States Literature, Womens History, Womens Studies, Writing (Composition)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Arizona Council for the Social Studies Mini-Conference (Flagstaff, AZ, February 4, 1983).