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ERIC Number: ED430224
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Life Writing: Finding Whole Narratives in Poetry and Composition.
Arroyo, Fred
By looking at narratively-rich poems both as individual poems and as part of much broader social narratives, students become extremely excited, and their papers become far more complex in exploring gender, ethnicity, and social class. An instructor tries to help students enter into the life of the poems, to enter into a conversation the poet has begun. The ability to talk and listen to each other, to know how to tell a story and to listen to the stories of others is becoming more and more an essential part of literacy in people's daily lives. The instructor has students translate a poem literally into a text of prose so they compare their lives to the lives inside the text and embrace the life and story inside. He stresses a more process-based pedagogy instead of a more formal one, and it has become clear to him that this pedagogical practice helps students understand issues surrounding literature, literacy, and diversity. (SC)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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