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ERIC Number: EJ982727
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Professional Writing in the English Classroom: Literature-Based Professional Writing: An Oxymoron Whose Time Has Come
Newhouse, Kelley R.; Propper, Michele L.; Riedel, Ruth M.; Teitelzweig, Barbara S.
English Journal, v101 n4 p97-100 Mar 2012
An oxymoron is a simple contradiction, a juxtaposition of two inharmonious terms, such as "fiend angelical" in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." At first glance, literature and professional writing seem to be polar opposites; however, when one views them together, one can see unique, often interesting possibilities that add depth and richness to classroom lessons. English teachers are compelled to help students appreciate and understand literature, to see the beauty and stark realities of common experiences that unfold in literary texts. The author stresses that educators must also provide their students with the necessary tools to effectively communicate and collaborate in an increasingly digital world. This gap creates an opportunity: Creative teachers can integrate professional writing with literary study of a variety of classic and traditional texts. In this article, the authors discuss how educators can integrate professional writing into their literature instruction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom