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ERIC Number: ED379682
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-May
Pages: 12
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A Conflicting View in the Use of Journals for Composition and Literature Classes: Structure versus Freedom.
Townsend, Julie E.
The most powerful and profound thoughts known to humankind are the result of freedom to write whatever it is that the soul must purge; whatever a person is thinking that troubles him or her; anything that hinders his or her ability to be in that particular moment of living. On the first day of class, one writing instructor tells her students that she wants them to give her "guts and glory." And no sooner are these words our of her mouth than she explains that there are ways of conveying their emotions in writing without revealing their darkest secrets. It is the journal that students must carry out of the classroom--a piece of their lives that began from the first moment they recorded how they felt about something, profound or profane. Most student cower at the thought of English because somewhere along the line too much grammar was forced on them--too much verbal castor oil, too much structure and limitation. Inevitably a student's freedom to explore him or herself, his or her desires, and his or her boundaries, leads to a newfound appreciation of English. Quotations from students themselves verify this assertion. Further, both Donald Murray and Peter Elbow stress journal writing as an important component of the writing process. They talk about the need of every writer to be able to write quickly and spontaneously. Journals are an ideal place for students to explore responsive, unstructured and free writing. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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