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ERIC Number: ED359536
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Images Bridging Home and Academic Cultures.
Andres, Sophia
Often students are unable to draw upon their personal worlds and individual experiences to enrich their writing, suggesting a disparity between home and academic cultures. In light of this apparent disparity, teachers must try to bridge the gap, a task that is possible when the teacher focuses on the germinal, emotional, and unifying qualities of images. The testimonies of numerous writers point out the powerful influence that a single image can be capable of producing, often becoming the germ of a story or novel. Images also capture, convey, and communicate emotions. Beginning with images from their own experiences, students can become the receptive and diffusive centers of concentric, ever-widening circles of cultural awareness. Specific kinds of assignments can encourage students to evoke images from their own experiences. Students can be asked to understand how the images of a story express the writer's or the character's emotional state. Excerpts from student papers show that they respond readily when asked about a story's images. Students should be challenged to center an entire written piece around an image chosen by them. A central image of a literary text can be studied in its relation to the entire text. By asking students to evoke images as the origins and centers of writing ranging from personal experience to argument, they are inspired to cultivate their voice and originality. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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