ERIC Number: EJ818650
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 16
Showdown in Superior! A Three-Class Collaborative Course Design!
Jackson, Brian; Juergensmeyer, Erik; Reamer, David
Composition Studies, v34 n2 p107-128 Fall 2006
In this article, the authors describe an innovative composition pedagogy they collaborated called "Showdown in Superior!". In order to simulate a current public controversy over a proposed mine in Superior, Arizona, three writing classes assumed roles as competing interests and composed researched and reasoned arguments that supported the viewpoints of those interests. During the course, students learned about an issue affecting the region and composed arguments about how it should be addressed. They developed a vested interest in the course project, both as a competitive endeavor and as an issue they cared about. They created documents for their peers' use, presented their arguments in front of a live and interested audience, and actively debated their points, all in a protopublic environment. And within this framework, students were able to learn and be assessed on the same daily lessons as their peers in more traditional classes. Many of the students perceived the benefits of Showdown! for themselves as social actors and writers. Moreover, they recognized that the project had helped them develop the kind of rhetorical literacy they could use beyond the classroom in personal, professional, and public life.
Descriptors: Interests, Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods, Teacher Collaboration, Rhetoric, Writing (Composition), High School Students, Debate
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona