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ERIC Number: EJ1087186
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0007-8034
"I'm Scared and I Like It": Using Fear to Empower the Freshman Writer
Douglass-Little, Clare
CEA Forum, v44 n2 p21-36 Sum-Fall 2015
While a thematic approach to teaching is not a novel idea, the specific needs of the developmental writer and a diverse student body can find the continuity of a theme especially beneficial, and the theme of fear has proven particularly successful. The typical developmental composition course at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University includes a broad range of student ages and experiences, though they often share discipline interests and career goals in the fields of engineering and aviation. To engage and unite such a group, the theme of fear allows individuals to share unique knowledge bases as they consider the appeal of fear as well as its use as a manipulative tactic in politics and the media. This article examines how fear can be applied thematically in the developmental writing course through a three-unit structure that develops communication skills, writing mechanics, and critical thinking.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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