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ERIC Number: ED318505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Writing With and For Students.
Kliman, Bernice W.
In an effort to actively engage students in writing and introduce them to more rigorous texts and assignments, the first-year literature/composition course at Nassau Community College (New York) was modified. The primary change consisted of the teacher participating in all classroom and take-home writing assignments. In addition, texts by authors such as Ovid, Shakespeare, and Kafka were used in place of contemporary poems and short stories. Writing assignments consisted of in-class freewriting, rewriting stories, comparison papers, and a research paper. The teacher participated in all activities and provided samples to help students. Freewriting exercises by both the teacher and students were read aloud, and students were encouraged to share with the class any ideas or questions that arose. The retelling of stories was used to encourage creativity as well as provide a subject for comparison papers. Students received their teacher's models first and then wrote their own retelling of a story with the teacher's model to be used as a writing aid. Research papers were also assigned, where students received a sample paper and then found their own topic, sought out the answer, and integrated their research into an essay. Few students seemed to have difficulties with documentation, and most students attempted to incorporate different styles of writing in their papers. At the end of the course, students expressed overall enthusiasm toward the paper examples provided by the teacher, saying that the papers guided and motivated them. (WJT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Modern Language Association (San Francisco, CA, December 27-30, 1988).