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ERIC Number: EJ879586
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
Teaching Visual Rhetoric in the First-Year Composition Classroom
Welch, Kristen; Lee, Nicholas; Shuman, Dustin
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v37 n3 p256-264 Mar 2010
An emphasis on visual rhetoric can be incorporated into a variety of classrooms. This article illustrates teaching visual rhetoric to first-year composition students via interpretation and analysis through a trip to a local art museum for the first essay assignment and through an exploration of photography for the second essay assignment. In the author's first-year composition class, her students start by examining the process of observation and what one can learn from such a process. Primary research is done by engagement and description, and then through recognizing the student's role in interpreting the visual. Focusing on two essays from Stephen Reid's "The Prentice Hall Guide for College Writers," namely "Take This Fish and Look at It" by Samuel H. Scudder and Farley Mowat's "Observing Wolves," the students were required to analyze the readings so that they can use to generate their own thesis statement. Overall, the assignment was a success because the students became actors in the stories that Scudder and Mowat were trying to tell and they became observers themselves. Presented in this article are the questions that the students addressed either directly or through implication in their discussions and a few sample essays of her students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia