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ERIC Number: EJ926291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Building Fantasy Worlds Together with Collaborative Writing: Creative, Social, and Pedagogic Challenges
Rish, Ryan M.; Caton, Joshua
English Journal, v100 n5 p21-28 May 2011
This article describes an assignment that encourages students to create collaboratively designed fantasy worlds. Inspired by the fanfiction genre, a teacher helps students create a world of interlinking stories and develop more detailed, sophisticated writing through in-depth collaboration. The authors present and discuss three salient forms of collaboration: (1) collaboration as maintaining continuity across story lines; (2) collaboration as the borrowing of ideas; and (3) collaboration in consideration of social roles. They argue that collaborative writing in the project helped to establish a social network of student authors who shared an interest in fantasy fiction and came to support each other's writing in productive, yet complex, ways.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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