ERIC Number: ED241946
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
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Creative Writing across the Curriculum.
Alexander, James D.
English courses should help students recognize the interrelationships among creative and expository writing, literature, and language. By helping students understand literary elements such as point of view, for example, creative writing courses can produce better student narratives. Required composition courses should replace sterile exercises in explaining and arguing with some creative requirements. Examples of exercises that integrate creative writing elements into expository assignments include having students paraphrase currently popular works and create courtroom scenarios demonstrating powerless-powerful personal interactions. An exercise incorporating creativity into the research assignment involves (1) having students write a definition of language that includes all human speech but excludes animal communication, (2) then having peers critique the definition using scientific source materials, and (3)--following a revision by the original writers--having peers try to prove an animal is human based on the definition. To increase student sensitivity to writers' craftsmanship, literature courses can ask students to write something similar--to create heroic couplets, for example while studying Alexander Pope. (MM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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