ERIC Number: ED257102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar-29
Reference Count: 0
Developing Reasoning Skills through an Integrated Curriculum Approach.
Peters, William H.
This paper advocates an integrated study of English rather than the traditional approach of studying language, literature, and composition. Its focus is not on designing an integrated curriculum, but on using this approach to develop reasoning skills for secondary students. One integrated curriculum program for the development of reasoning skills is a tenth grade unit entitled, The Inquiring Mind. The skills and concepts incorporated into this approach include the following: (1) connotation in literature is many times more significant than denotation, (2) drawing implications from literary selections is necessary to deal successfully with literature, (3) argument is that form of discourse which attempts to win assent to a belief or opinion, (4) deductive reasoning is one method of argumentation, (5) persuasion is that form of discourse which presents arguments as motives for some proposed action, (6) thought and language shape each other, and (7) language is symbolic. (Suggested learning activities for the unit are included.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English Spring Conference (4th, Houston, TX, March 28-30, 1985).