ERIC Number: ED352540
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
A Writing/Communications Curriculum for Incarcerated Adults. A 353 Project Final Report.
Schuylkill Intermediate Unit #29, Mar Lin, PA.
This document reports how a writing/communication curriculum for incarcerated adults was developed in response to an informal survey taken at the Schuylkill County (Pennsylvania) Prison. Findings from students in the 1990-91 adult basic education course indicated that prisoners evidenced low-level writing skills, an apathetic attitude toward the community, and obvious lack of self-esteem. The eight-page report is followed by these appendixes: writing sample evaluation scale, self-evaluation survey, community service survey, student release form, sample recruitment flyer, and selected post-course student comments. Two other publications are included. The first is a collection of writings by prisoners/students. Their life stories appear first. The writings show the inmates' regret for the sorrow their actions have caused loved ones, their despair of ever leading a "normal" life, and desire to prevent other youth from falling into the pitfalls that led them to their present condition: making poor choices, bowing to peer pressure, and rebelling with misplaced youthful spirit. The second publication is the curriculum guide. It provides the following: objectives, a materials list, time requirement, and directions for 30 classes; listening skills worksheets; sample tributes; selected aphorisms; similes and metaphors information sheets; writing sample evaluation scale; self-evaluation scale; community service survey; sample student release form; and sample recruitment flyer. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Behavioral Objectives, Correctional Education, Creative Writing, Curriculum, Curriculum Development, High Risk Students, Instructional Materials, Prisoners, Public Service, Student Evaluation, Student Projects, Student Publications, Substance Abuse, Writing Instruction, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Creative Works; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Div. of Adult Basic and Literacy Education Programs.
Authoring Institution: Schuylkill Intermediate Unit #29, Mar Lin, PA.