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ERIC Number: EJ1104029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1559-663X
Using Freewriting to Make Sense of Literature
Salas, Spencer; Garson, Kyra; Khanna, Shweta; Murray, Beth
English Teaching Forum, v54 n2 p12-19 2016
In this article, the authors describe the outcomes of a workshop of pre- and in-service secondary school English teachers in New Delhi, India, working with a literature-based curriculum that required striking a balance between teaching the text or series of texts and creating opportunities for communicative interaction. The authors describe freewriting--and the sense of inquiry it generates--as a way of introducing the students to the exploratory, open-ended thinking that reading literature requires. The authors also explain freewriting about unfamiliar text as a powerful starting point for readers to make connections: text to self, text to text, and text to the world. Drawing from a robust body of writing-to-learn literature, the authors outline how freewriting and the literature curriculum works--its formats and variations--followed by a set of strategies for sharing and responding to freewriting in ways that elevate it as participatory analysis.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India
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