ERIC Number: ED445341
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug-1
Reference Count: N/A
Constructing Composition and Critical Thinking.
This paper discusses a first-year, second-semester composition course that develops thinking, reading, and writing skills both on an individual and on a group level; it is designed to enhance research and writing skills developed in the first-semester course. With this and the departmental course requirements in mind, according to the paper, the curriculum was structured around a semester-long project. The paper explains that the class partners brainstorm topics for the project, discuss the topics dismissing those which are not feasible and elevate those which are, and reach a consensus on personal interest and expertise--the final required product is the publication of the project on the Internet. The prompts to start the project are detailed in the paper, as well as ancillary assignments which build the research inquiry skills needed for the project. The paper also includes examples of specific classes and their interactions. A syllabus is attached. (NKA)
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Critical Thinking, Higher Education, Instructional Innovation, Research Skills, Student Participation, Student Projects, Writing Assignments, Writing Instruction
Web site: http://www.american.edu/dbeach/.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A