ERIC Number: ED236696
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Using Creative Writing to Teach Exposition/Artistic/Report Writing.
West, William W.
Teachers who restrict their teaching of writing to elements of exposition are likely to fail because there is insufficient content, interest, or challenge in learning simple exposition, and the techniques that contribute to polished exposition are more easily accessible when approached through aesthetic writing. A teaching sequence for using aesthetic writing to teach exposition might include developing student interest, discussing examples, exploring the concept in artistic writing, and then applying the concept in exposition. Possible concepts from aesthetic writing that can be applied to exposition include (1) using narration to support a generalization; (2) using "showing" rather than "telling" techniques; (3) sequencing chronologically; (4) sequencing spatially; (5) sequencing psychologically; (6) developing cohesion and coherence through transitions; (7) using episodic rather than semantic memory; (8) employing metaphors, similes, and analogies; (9) using conversation; (10) developing a point of view; (11) analyzing; and (12) visualizing a concept. (Aesthetic and expository examples of these concepts are included.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Florida Council of Teachers of English (Fort Walton Beach, FL, October 13-15, 1983).