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Forsyth, Beverly – English in Texas, 1995
Describes how a new journalism writing style energized writing composition students to write in meaningful, exciting ways about matters close to them. Explains what New Journalism is and how students can be instructed in it. (TB)
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Feature Stories, Freshman Composition, Higher Education
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Lang, Frederick K.; Moser, Janet – English in Texas, 1995
Describes a method of teaching basic writing to native and nonnative students that emphasizes a regression to the most basic elements of writing. Considers what writing content, rhetorical techniques, grammar exercises, and proofreading methods are most effective for the two groups. (TB)
Descriptors: Basic Writing, English (Second Language), Freshman Composition, Grammar
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Cooper, Allene – English in Texas, 1995
Discusses problems with freshman research paper assignments. Describes how one teacher has adapted cooperative learning techniques to research assignments, allowing students to work together in "base" and "expert" groups. Describes four structured writing assignments on a single subject of general public interest that lends itself to specialized…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Freshman Composition, Higher Education, Research Papers (Students)
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Post, Scott L. – English in Texas, 1995
Argues, from the point of view of an undergraduate engineering student, that making the pass/fail grading system mandatory for college freshman composition students will help them achieve the goal of learning to write. (SR)
Descriptors: Freshman Composition, Grading, Higher Education, Student Evaluation
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Shull, Ellen – English in Texas, 1994
Describes how one English teacher developed an approach to teaching writing that was based on asking students to write memoirs or personal narratives. Presents an amalgam of letters written to a newspaper and to three co-authors of an article published in "The Chronicle of Higher Education" regarding the use of personal writing in freshman…
Descriptors: Autobiographies, English Curriculum, English Instruction, Freshman Composition
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Flanders, Marianne; And Others – English in Texas, 1994
Offers descriptions of three class activities involving collaboration between basic composition and freshman composition classes, involving magazine production and peer response. (SR)
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Class Activities, Cooperative Learning, Freshman Composition
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Ballenger, Bruce – English in Texas, 1994
Describes the problem of allowing students to voice their opinions in research papers. Argues that seeing this as a problem points to pedagogical problems. Shows how student hesitancy to engage their opinions reflects their own developing epistemology. (HB)
Descriptors: English Curriculum, English Instruction, Freshman Composition, Higher Education