ERIC Number: ED387194
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
A Semester in the Library with an English 087 Class: A Partnership between Teacher, Students, and Librarians.
Rose, Arthur L.
In an effort to improve the motivation of students with negative attitudes toward reading and writing, five student-based library projects were designed in an intensive reading and writing course at New Jersey's Union County College. In the first project, student pairs were asked to find two articles from news magazines of the 1960's and 1970's that revealed something important about the United States, write a report on their findings, and share them orally with the class. The second project involved using the Reader's Guide to Periodicals to find articles on the same or a new topic in three different years, and then compiling a list of nine titles, writing up the best three, and making another oral presentation. The third project was based on the reading of Elie Wiesel's book,"Night." Students were asked to find information about the Holocaust from three separate sources, skim through each to discuss their findings, and write a report on what they had learned, making connections to the book. As the students finished reading Weisel's book, groups of three used the Reader's Guide to find current articles on the Holocaust, select five titles, discuss their reasons for choosing them, and justify them in writing. In the last project of the course, groups of students created an anthology of articles on television violence, date rape, and teenage drinking using the library's CD-ROM search indexes, such as Infotrac. Working together in small groups, in partnership with their teacher and reference librarians, students in the course improved their reading, writing, and library skills and built confidence in their ability to succeed in college. (KP)
Descriptors: Class Activities, College English, Community Colleges, Cooperative Learning, Course Descriptions, Curriculum Development, Group Activities, Library Research, Library Skills, Reading Improvement, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Writing Exercises, Writing Improvement
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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