ERIC Number: ED255923
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Writing Assignments Based on Literary Works.
Matthews, Dorothy, Ed.
Illinois English Bulletin, v72 n3 Spr 1985
The literature selections serving as the basis for writing assignments in the articles in this journal issue range from time-honored English classics ("Beowulf,""Sir Gawain and the Green Knight") and American standards ("A Farewell to Arms,""The Scarlet Letter") to contemporary fiction. The articles deal with works by women writers (Shirley Jackson, Caroline Gordon, Willa Cather, Kate Chopin, and Toni Bambara) and works especially suited for both high school (Harper's "To Kill a Mockingbird") and college study (Coover's "The Babysitter"). The assignments in the articles call not only for critical analysis but also for responding in journals, imaginative rewriting, imitating style, and using writing as a reading strategy. Some assignments in the articles ask for student response and imaginative projection, whereas others demand a rigorous examination of the text, with writing leading to a better understanding of the work as literature. (Author/HOD)
Descriptors: Assignments, Classics (Literature), Critical Thinking, English Instruction, Fiction, Higher Education, Literary Criticism, Literature Appreciation, Reader Response, Reading Strategies, Revision (Written Composition), Secondary Education, Student Reaction, Teaching Methods, Writing Exercises, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Illinois Association of Teachers of English, Urbana.