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ERIC Number: ED257093
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Pages: 19
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Using Literature to Teach the Non-Literary Research Essay.
Wess, Robert C.
The controversial uses of the generic research essay and literature in the composition class fuse together as one issue when one considers the use of literature to teach the research essay in the freshman composition class. This pedagogical approach requires that students read a novel, selected by the teacher, write several essays about it, and use the novel as the seedbed for discovering an appropriate topic for further research. Through such an approach, the teacher can (1) emphasize the heuristic aspect of research, (2) underscore the value of literature as a humanistic endeavor worthy of study and relevant to all students, (3) use literature as a stimulus for generating emotional and intellectual responses in students, (4) allow students the opportunity to explore and use their personal experience as an intellectual and emotional connection to their experience of reading the novel, and (5) generate less rote work and more thinking about research, especially the thinking that takes place during journal writing, personal interviews, and notetaking. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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