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ERIC Number: EJ1097744
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Using Popular Culture in Developmental Writing
Barnes, Sharon L.
NADE Digest, v2 n1 p35-46 Spr 2006
Using popular culture in my developmental writing course has prompted me to reconsider what it means to create successful developmental writing assignments. Having slipped into the questionable habit of assuming that removing complexity makes an assignment appropriate for developing writers, I pared down a fairly open-ended "media analysis" assignment to a more prescriptive "music analysis" assignment. As I limited their choices, however, students became less invested in the project. This article describes the (d)evolution of the media analysis assignment as it fell prey to my "simplicity" agenda and offers a few general conclusions about successful assignments--using popular culture and not--at the developmental level.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio
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