ERIC Number: ED384783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Public Literacy: A Curriculum for Adult Basic Education.
Moraitis, Peter; McCormack, Rob
This curriculum guide for a public literacy course uses letters to the editor as a way of introducing adult literacy and basic education students to public debate. It consists of three parts. Part 1 is an introduction that provides background, describes how to analyze letters, and details the course structure. Part 2 is a comprehensive teacher's guide. The curriculum is divided into three stages. The first stage familiarizes students with letters to the editor and presents them as examples of public discourse. It starts with problems and solutions and then shows that what is a problem or a solution depends on the angle from which it is viewed. It then points out that point of view is determined by a number of general values. The second stage introduces the idea that public discourse is argumentative. It covers these ideas: argument, rationality, and rhetorical structures for argument. The third stage shows that traditions are the source for the reasoning that occurs in argument. It introduces the main traditions: conservatism, liberalism, socialism, and scientific management. Each of the 21 themes or sections consists of teaching notes, transparency masters, student activities, other possibilities, and homework. Part 3 contains sample letters categorized as follows: those that raise problems, respond to a policy, support other letters, reject other letters, or are grouped around traditions. Each letter is presented in a one-page format with a section for student notes at the bottom. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Curriculum Guides, Debate, Foreign Countries, Instructional Innovation, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Letters (Correspondence), Literacy Education, Persuasive Discourse, Public Speaking, Writing (Composition)
ARIS, National Languages and Literacy Institute of Australia, GPO Box 372F, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia ($35 Australian plus postage).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Adult, Community, and Further Education Board, Melbourne (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia