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ERIC Number: EJ826102
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Fact "and" Fiction: Modeling the Research Practices of Fiction Writers
Hammond, Diana
English Journal, v98 n3 p53-58 Jan 2009
In teaching a research-writing unit, the author has asked her students to research and write a persuasive speech, a multigenre paper, an I-Search, a historical and comparative connection to literature, a country brochure, and a social criticism essay. While she found benefits and disadvantages in all of these assignments, the author was particularly discouraged by the disconnect between research and writing that these assignments allowed, and therefore, she sought an additional research experience that would help close this gap for students. She eventually discovered a natural venue for studying research in the English classroom when a community of writers explores fiction, which can provide a well-rounded, research writing experience for high school students. Using fiction to rethink traditional approaches to teaching research, the author engages her students in creative writing that helps them develop critical research skills. Integrating research and documentation skills into a fiction writing unit reinforces how students should approach all types of research writing, including more traditional methods, by allowing the purpose of the writing and its audience to drive the presentation of research. This article describes how the author sets up the researching fiction unit and presents student writing samples which are in order from adequate to most sophisticated based on the students' approach and ability to naturally embed research findings. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A