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ERIC Number: ED370097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Writing for Publication.
Brown, Bill
Bread Loaf News, v5 n2 p7-13 Sum 1991
Students at Hume-Fogg Academic High School in Nashville, Tennessee do every kind of writing, have won numerous writing awards, and have published everything from chapbooks to articles in national literary magazines. According to the creative writing teacher, students are first taught to write about things they know--to go back to their own childhood experiences and rediscover who they are. These writing assignments are never graded because once they are graded, they are "finished." Numerous revisions are encouraged and expected before students' writing is published. Peers participate in the reading and evaluating of students' writing. A good end-of-year assignment involves retrospection. The students look back over all their writing and then look in a mirror and ask themselves"how all this makes up the fragmented person that is me." Students then make a mask to reflect their image of themselves and write about that image. Students also write, lay out, edit, and design their own chapbooks. At the end of every semester each students completes a manuscript to be sent to "Scholastic" magazine. The sense of community in the classroom is reinforced--a sense of writing together on a shared subject or theme. Ridicule has no place in these classrooms, for students' best writing comes from an emotional center that is dangerous. (Three students' poems are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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