ERIC Number: ED301252
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
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Humanities 100: A Remedial Course That Uses a Children's Literature Anthology as the Text.
A major problem in any remedial course is finding a valid textbook that underprepared students can read. At Daley College, in Illinois, "Classics of Children's Literature" (Griffeth and Frey, editors) is used as the text in Humanities 100, one of several remedial courses offered for college credit to help students meet full-time eligibility requirements. The anthology allows the class to begin on any level, from stories meant for pre-school children to those intended to be read aloud by adults. The stories, which cover a variety of subjects and evoke a wide range of feelings, represent worthwhile, world-class literature. The students do not seem to be embarrassed to read children's stories, in part because the book is an actual college text and also because students are encouraged to read aloud to children. Other class activities include: (1) completing 12 one-page writing assignments on the readings, music, painting, or other aspects of the humanities; (2) working in class on the mechanics of English; (3) reading aloud in class and at home; (4) writing 12 letters as citizens, consumers, friends, future employees, etc.; (5) learning to use a computer-based instructional system; (6) visiting the Art Institute; and (7) writing an essay based on a presentation by a representative from a local battered women's shelter. These activities are designed to improve the students' ability to read and write, while introducing them to the humanities and fine arts and promoting responsible academic behavior. Students with high-school level skills can benefit from the course through gains in ability and confidence, and increased readiness to begin humanities survey courses. A syllabus for Humanities 100 is included, along with samples of daily assignments. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the City Colleges of Chicago National Literature Conference (3rd, Chicago, IL, October 14-15, 1988).