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Letters for the Living Teaching Writing in a Violent Age. Refiguring English Studies

Author: Michael Blitz; C Mark Hurlbert; National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Book   Microform : Microfiche : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book takes up issues of violence in the lives of college students and looks for possibilities of teaching composition as an act of peace making. Through a variety of writings, the book illustrates students' experiences on the city streets of New York and in the small mining and steel towns of western Pennsylvania. One section of the book reports on a project that linked one author/educator's (Hurlbert) research  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Books
Opinion Papers
Reports, Descriptive
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Blitz; C Mark Hurlbert; National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.
ISBN: 9780814128039 0814128033
OCLC Number: 1063822150
Notes: Availability: National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096 (Stock No. 28033-3050: $18.95 members, $25.95 nonmembers). Tel: 800-369-6283 (Toll Free); Web site http://www.ncte.org.
Reproduction Notes: Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse. microfiches : positive.
Target Audience: Practitioners.; Teachers.
Description: 186 pages
Responsibility: Michael Blitz and C. Mark Hurlbert.

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This book takes up issues of violence in the lives of college students and looks for possibilities of teaching composition as an act of peace making. Through a variety of writings, the book illustrates students' experiences on the city streets of New York and in the small mining and steel towns of western Pennsylvania. One section of the book reports on a project that linked one author/educator's (Hurlbert) research writing class and the other author/educator's (Blitz) freshman composition II class. In the semester-long project, the classes researched and wrote about their own neighborhoods and the neighborhoods of their interstate partners. The book states that these two groups of students taught each other about the places in which they live and the ways in which they live there, and in many cases, what each learned about the other was "shocking." It also shares with the reader letters in which the two author/educators reflect upon their work as teachers, in an effort to understand the personal and cultural implications of what students write and say. (Contains 101 references.) (NKA).

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