ERIC Number: EJ879749
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Language Simulations: The Blending Space for Writing and Critical Thinking
Kovalik, Doina L.; Kovalik, Ludovic M.
Simulation & Gaming, v38 n3 p310-322 2007
This article describes a language simulation involving six distinct phases: an in-class quick response, a card game, individual research, a classroom debate, a debriefing session, and an argumentative essay. An analysis of student artifacts--quick-response writings and final essays, respectively, both addressing the definition of liberty in a liberty-granting society--indicates a considerable betterment of the quality of the evidence supporting the writer's stance and/or the clarity of expression of that stance. Based on those findings, the article argues that language simulation is beneficial to students, in that it enhances their skills as critical thinkers and writers.
Descriptors: Freedom, Critical Thinking, Writing (Composition), Essays, Simulation, Language, Feedback (Response), Active Learning, Academic Discourse, Role Playing, High School Students, Games
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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