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ERIC Number: EJ825767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
Linking Composition and Literature through Metagenres: Using Business Sales Letters in First-Year English
Devet, Bonnie
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v36 n2 p177-185 Dec 2008
This paper explains how first-year composition students wrote business sales letters about short fiction and then revised those letters into full-fledged literary essays that analyzed the stories. By completing these two writings back-to-back (that is, experiencing the metagenres between business writing and literary analysis), students not only see that disciplines are linked but also learn about seminal features of composition (audience, argument, style, format), features that, in a literature-based composition course, might otherwise be lost. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A