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ERIC Number: ED360629
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Finding and Creating Voices through Story-Writing in the Composition Classroom.
Grace, Jean
Within the context of a basic composition class, writing stories allows teacher and students to have a conversation about issues that are important to the class and creates a space for students in which they can work on developing particular kinds of textual attention. Assignments are designed with the following questions in mind: What can students talk about with authority at this point in the term? What issues would be good for the class to get out on the table first thing? What work would students need to do to address this kind of assignment. How can the instructor ensure that it is work that will pay off for them in the context of the course? In response to an assignment that requires students to write a fictional sketch in which two characters have a mutually worthwhile conversation about a passage the class read as a whole, students usually did one of two things in their first draft: they either paid attention to the part of the assignment that asked them to work with a passage from a specific text in order to say something about the point of writing, or they wrote an interesting story. One student's story presented for class discussion the idea that silence can be excruciating. The students created actions in their stories that suggested ways of dealing with, rather than merely succumbing to, the difficulties involved in thinking through, writing about, and talking about ideas. (Two assignment handouts are included.) (SAM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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