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ERIC Number: EJ824638
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1945-3248
Composing Nature
Johnson-Sheehan, Richard
Writing Instructor, Sep 2007
The environment is a ready-made subject in writing classrooms, and teachers at all levels are encouraging students to write about nature and environmental issues. Environmental issues provide a equitable meeting place for students from a variety of different backgrounds, interests, and ideologies. There are also many pedagogical advantages to bringing environmental issues into the writing classroom, as proposed by ecocomposition theory. The main advantage is that ecological issues offer social and political contexts within which students can write and interact. In this article, the author first discusses a form of environmental writing called "nature writing." He then offers situated learning strategies for bringing nature writing into the composition course. In most ways, writing about the environment is similar to writing about other subjects. In writing classes, students can learn how to compose descriptively or persuasively about environmental issues. However, the author argues that nature writing invites everyone to go beyond description and persuasion. It invites writers to move the readers, inspire them. The author's aim in this article is to offer ways to bring nature writing fully into the composition classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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