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ERIC Number: EJ1260468
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Ocean Swimmer, Woodchopper, Road Tripper: Using Metaphor to Develop Students' Identities as Writers
Perrow, Margaret; Feldstein, Mary; Sieler, Arlene
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v64 n1 p37-46 Jul-Aug 2020
Students who understand their writing process and see themselves as writers are more likely to successfully tackle unfamiliar genres and writing tasks. In this self-study, a college English professor and two first-year college students make a case for an extended-metaphor assignment that helps students build stronger identities as writers. Metaphor plays a critical role in our understanding of the world and, hence, has high pedagogical value. By giving students a familiar framework with which to analyze their (less familiar) writing process, the metaphor essay develops students' identities as academic writers, in turn helping them think more strategically about future writing tasks. Excerpts from each author's own metaphor essay are interwoven with reflections on how the extended-metaphor essay assignment scaffolded their awareness of the writing process and supported their development as writers. Comments from students suggest that they drew strategically on their extended metaphor in subsequent writing tasks.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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