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ERIC Number: EJ775186
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Dealing with Troubled Writers: A Literacy Teacher's Dilemma
Simmons, John
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v51 n1 p4-8 Sep 2007
A movement in late 20th-century rhetorical theory asked teachers to encourage writing on personal topics as well as formal, impersonal ones. Thus, to traditional writing goals (pleasing, persuading, and instructing) the exorcism of often deep emotions was added. This movement forced teachers to read and evaluate student writing in a more involved, intimate, and sympathetic manner. An almost inevitable result is the demand for teachers to witness writing that expresses anger, rebellion, the desire for retribution, and so on. Given the legal and professional limits on what teachers can do in dealing with such writing, the dilemma they face is the disturbing consequence. The author offers practical suggestions for teachers who see distressing and sometimes alarming patterns in a student's writing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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