ERIC Number: ED309457
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Critical Thinking and Writing: Reclaiming the Essay. Monographs on Teaching Critical Thinking Number 3.
Intended for teachers, this monograph argues that, unlike the structured, formulaic "school" essay, personal essays in the manner of Michel de Montaigne lead students to explore their connections with ideas and texts. The monograph describes several strategies which use writing as a tool for critical thinking. The monograph contains the following chapters: (1) "The School Essay (Bad Memories of)"; (2) "The Case against Writing--Plato's Challenge"; (3) "'For it is myself that I portray': Montaigne's Legacy"; (4) "Invitations to the Essay"; and (5) "'I'm not going to talk about it'." Forty-three references and an annotated bibliography derived from searches of the ERIC database are attached. (MS)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Elementary Secondary Education, Essays, Higher Education, Language Arts, Personal Writing, Teaching Methods, Writing Exercises, Writing Instruction, Writing Processes, Writing Skills
ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills, 2805 E. 10th St., Smith Research Center, Suite 150, Bloomington, IN 47405 ($5.95 plus $1.50 postage and handling); National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, IL 61801 (Stock No. 09691; $5.95 member, $7.50 nonmember).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Books; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills, Bloomington, IN.