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ERIC Number: EJ981495
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
Cultivating Writers: Figurative Language in the Developmental Class
Nelson, Alexis
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v39 n4 p388-397 May 2012
Some teaching strategies grow out of the curricula educators inherit or develop through professional reading; others originate in the aromatic humus of their autobiographies. This article presents a proposal that has its origins in the latter. The author recognized that what delights her in prose or poetry is the figurative language a writer uses to evoke a response or support an argument. That realization had obvious teaching relevance: there was every reason to increase developmental students' sensitivity to this aspect of the writer's craft. Several classes spread over five years have convinced the author that developmental writing students benefit from using figurative language to enliven their prose. Teaching developmental students to use simile and metaphor in their essays improves their writing and helps the teacher become a more dialogic reader; moreover, creating original figurative language kindles the analogical imagination that characterizes the academy. (Contains 2 notes.)
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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: Washington