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ERIC Number: EJ916684
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
A Cold Manipulation of Language
Noel, Melissa W.
English Journal, v100 n4 p50-54 Mar 2011
Textbooks and grammar worksheets do not adequately convey to students how readers or listeners are shaped by the language of the writer. The best way to help students understand the emphasis of a dash or another device is to see one used during a suspenseful moment in a dramatic selection. It is up to the teacher to select dramatic works that generate internal conflicts for students, because those literary selections will make them sit up and pay attention to the language that is in front of them. Once they are aware of their physical responses, most readers will note the language and yearn to figure out the ultimate question: "How did the author do that?" This article shows how the language features of Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" help a high school teacher's students learn more about how authors influence their readers. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A