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ERIC Number: ED461113
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Beyond Basic: Synthesizing the Personal and the Academic.
Duym, Virginia
If personal writing empowers students to hear their own voices and to "see themselves as writers," then personal writing has value for basic writing students, whose voices have tended to be silenced and who see themselves as anything but writers. From hearing their voices in writing, and from identifying multiple sources and rhetorical uses of their voices, students may learn to appropriate the thinking processes of academic discourse and social criticism. In reality, however, academic discourse is a style that is identified with the "other" for those students who do not come from college-educated backgrounds. The purpose for integrating writing that is associated with personal voice with the methods and style. of academic discourse is that students can practice the various personal and communal voices they have brought with them and experiment with new variations of voice that will become more appropriate in academic discourse. Practice writings include brainstorming, free-writing, and cluster approaches to their own experiences and imagination, as well as observation and analysis. Some in-class writings are collaborative, allowing for interaction and disagreement over issues to increase awareness of audience. This practice gives them new ways of thinking about their own lives and communities. (Contains 15 references and a sample writing log.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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