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ERIC Number: EJ837185
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Approaching History through Literature: Generating Knowledge through Writing and Inquiry in a Cross Disciplinary First-Year Learning Community
Dotolo, Frederick; Nicolay, Theresa
History Teacher, v42 n1 p25-34 Nov 2008
To address the disparity in the skills of entering students and the goals of the first-year learning community (LC) program, the authors created a series of scaffolded, or tiered, writing assignments around the concept of kingship to move students from summary to analysis to synthesis. For each assignment, the authors incorporate informal write-to-learn and inquiry-based learning activities. The informal and formal writing exercises in the learning community help students make informed analyses and develop critical thinking skills. Write-to-learn and inquiry-based learning provide fruitful insights for students and prepare them for the assessment of the learning community, further work in the college core, and the adjustment to forthcoming college work. (Contains 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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