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ERIC Number: EJ851080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0147-1635
[Not] Losing My Religion: Using "The Color Purple" to Promote Critical Thinking in the Writing Classroom
McCrary, Donald
Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), v28 n1 p5-31 2009
Private student discourses are often ignored or prohibited in the academy; however, these private discourses are very meaningful, and representative of the ways that students order and speak about the world. Specifically, religion is an extremely significant private student discourse; exploring religious discourse might help students not only to understand the ideological and linguistic formations of discourses, including those that undergird and shape religion, but also to refine their own discourses, written and spoken, inside and outside of school. Using "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker, a text that problematizes religious discourse, Ira Shor's "Critical Teaching and Everyday Life" as a model of illuminating ideological analysis, as well as critical essays about religious discourses, students read, discuss, and write about religion and other private discourses to enhance their writing and critical thinking, and secure a more stable rhetorical position within the academy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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