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ERIC Number: ED263607
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Pages: 18
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Using Expressive Writing to Teach the Reading of Literature.
Sedgwick, Ellery
Traditional methods of studying literature have included making assignments, having class discussions of the texts, and then assigning students to write about them. However, based on the concept that reading literature is a form of composing and that aspects of the process model for teaching writing can be applied to teaching literature, the inclusion of expressive/speculative writing could be a method of allowing students to invent, develop, and revise their responses to literary texts in the process of reading. This would simply require strategic intervention on the part of the teacher during the students' reading, to provide feedback and encouragement. Among the benefits of such an approach are that it would give students practice in applying strategies for reading literature and allow teachers to identify causes of poor reading. Basic strategies for encouraging students to use expressive writing include writing in response to a prepared or doctored text, writing in response to works read aloud in class, and writing in response to works read outside the classroom. Expressing their responses in writing will help students to become more effective in formulating their own interpretations as they read literature. (DF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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