ERIC Number: ED260438
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Introduction to "Re-search" Writing.
Duke, Charles R.
To change the perceptions that research writing is somehow different from other writing, teachers need to place more emphasis on the "search" in student research papers. An intermediate assignment can help bridge the gap between the totally personal search and the more formal and traditional research paper approach. The assignment asks students to look at events, people, places, and things that existed at the time the students were born and at similar events, people, places, and things that exist now. Their assignment is to identify clues in the materials they examine that suggest possible contrasts or comparisons between the two time periods and to build a case for the significance of these contrasts and comparisons. Students skim an issue of one magazine from each of the two periods, then read them more thoroughly, completing a worksheet on the contents. Advertisements provide a good starting point for comparison and contrast. Once students find connections, they pull them out and look at them in isolation, trying to determine their significance and organizing them so that they lead to some kind of conclusion. Having arrived at the conclusion and having discovered how the gathered material supports the conclusion, the student organizes and completes successive drafts of an essay. (The assignment, a sample worksheet, and examples of comparisons are included.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northwest Regional Conference of the National Council of Teachers of English (Seattle, WA, April 25-27, 1985).