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ERIC Number: ED415504
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
American Nature Writing and the Composition Classroom.
Ryan, Jack
A model for an integrative first-year writing class, combining American native writing, field experience, and the fundamental trappings of a composition class, are examined in this paper. Students can learn to respond to environmental issues in creative ways and explore issues that they will face in their lives. In addition to a combined field/reader response journal (presented either on-line or as hard copy), the course consists of four loose thematic sections, each requiring a paper of four to six pages that must go through a three-draft process conducted, for the most part, in the classroom. The first two weeks of class are designed to evaluate how students view the physical world. Students then explore American nature writing in groups of two or three students. A day-long field trip as well as viewing the film "Chinatown" are also a part of the course. Students also read several essays on land use and write a series of short response papers. At semester's end, students read "Double Whammy," a crime novel which is really about crimes committed against Florida's unprotected wilderness. By opening up the classroom, actually exploring the environment, the course gives students a solid educational experience, one that focuses on the out-of-doors, reading, writing, and thinking. (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A