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ERIC Number: ED462692
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 79
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-883920-08-6
Writing Your Heritage: A Sequence of Thinking, Reading, and Writing Assignments. Writing Teachers at Work.
Dixon, Deborah
This teaching guide is the result of 3 years of thinking, trying, rethinking, and trying again with an assignment sequence in which one instructor attempted to address the personal as well as the academic needs of students in the Program of Intensive English at the University of California at Santa Barbara. According to the guide, many of these students--Hispanics, African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and Caucasians--lack fluency in written English and find writing onerous. The guide states that the writing sequence combines reading, short writing exercises, and journal entries, plus individual and group activities that culminate in a series of essay assignments. It explains that this series focuses on the heritage and backgrounds of students, and takes them from"Noting Down" journal writings; through "Looking Back" personal recollection and family stories; through "Looking Into" research projects and research papers; to the "Thinking Through" thesis essay. The guide states that the curriculum is structured so that each assignment builds not only on preceding exercises and essay assignments, but also anticipates those that follow, and includes an introduction to the student's notebook that synthesizes all that has been discussed, written, and experienced. Appended are reading assignments, a list of 13 library resources, a list of 19 additional readings, and a grading rubric. (NKA)
National Writing Project, University of California, 2105 Bancroft, #1042, Berkeley, CA 94720-1042 ($8). Tel: 510-642-0963; Fax: 510-642-4545; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Writing Project, Berkeley, CA.