ERIC Number: ED251839
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Out of the Heart: How to Design Writing Assignments for High School Courses. Writing Teachers at Work.
Dellinger, Dixie Gibbs
Intended for high school composition instructors, this book resolves the seeming contradiction between creative, expressive writing and formal exposition and argumentation by presenting a teaching method that treats creative writing as a necessary--if not sufficient--cause for exposition. The first two chapters describe a sequence of short fiction writing assignments based on James Moffett's spectrum of discourse (recording/drama, reporting/narrative, generalizing/exposition, theorizing/argument), then discuss the progression from fiction writing to increasingly abstract exposition and argumentation. The third chapter discusses building this four-step sequence around the themes of a literature work being studied, while the fourth chapter describes assignments for taking students from "recording" present events to "theorizing" or developing an argument. A concluding chapter explores the use of this sequence in content area classes. Appendixes include a discussion of the importance of composition theory, a course outline, and notes from "Teaching the Universe of Discourse" by James Moffett, the book which provided the framework for this instructional sequence. (HTH)
Descriptors: Content Area Writing, Creative Writing, Descriptive Writing, Educational Theories, Expository Writing, High Schools, Narration, Persuasive Discourse, Sequential Approach, Teaching Methods, Writing Exercises, Writing Instruction
Publications Department, Bay Area Writing Project, 5635 Tolman Hall, School of Education, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720. Request "Publications for Teachers" for ordering information.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. School of Education.