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ERIC Number: ED421705
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Pages: 13
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A Classroom Program in Discovery of Self, Community, and Writing. Revised.
Young, Michael W.
In a pilot study based on a project underwritten by the United States Department of Education to add more study of international issues to writing courses, revisions in content to both a first your and an advanced composition course were tested during 1993-94. The method for the classroom procedures was also changed to enhance the greater responsibility of the students as researchers, writers, and editors. Using a sequence of expanding writing assignments and varying types of workshops, the writing course curriculum facilitates students' individual and group proficiencies in focus, description, audience awareness, and self awareness. A writing instructor at Davis & Elkins College, West Virginia, redesigned first year and advanced composition courses to have this new content imperative. The assignments ran through a variety of open-sided (as opposed to open-ended) topics. The second term first-year course focused on environmental topics. Students wrote about such topics as the indigenous people of Central America, infanticide, contemporary Fascism, the former Soviet Republics, and Appalachia. The introduction of a tangible audience into the classroom is a vital element for the teacher and student. (An appendix contains five assignment sheets from the first-year first term course in the project.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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