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Breaking Open the Box: A Guide for Creative Techniques to Improve Academic Writing and Generate Critical Thinking Nancy Dafoe

Breaking Open the Box: A Guide for Creative Techniques to Improve Academic Writing and Generate Critical Thinking

Nancy Dafoe

Published April 8th 2014
ISBN : 9781299141735
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211 pages
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What do David Foster Wallaces essay on wars over usage and Pico Iyers comma personification have to do with improving students academic writing? Everything. For all of the attention supposedly paid to Blooms Taxonomy-with creativity at theMoreWhat do David Foster Wallaces essay on wars over usage and Pico Iyers comma personification have to do with improving students academic writing? Everything. For all of the attention supposedly paid to Blooms Taxonomy-with creativity at the top-educators tend to shy away from encouraging students creative choices in areas where traditional analysis and the critics style and tone have reigned. While we do not want our students to write inane or empty verbiage, we unintentionally set them up for this inevitability--or worse. The movement away from childrens natural creative impulses in elementary school to a direction in which they literally fit their writing into preconfigured shapes is a gradual one. Although purportedly taught to instill academic structures, these boxes are also designed to facilitate the ease with which student product may be assessed. We need a more creative approach to teaching writing. A methodology incorporating creativity, as modeled by students in this text, demonstrates the kind of progress we are all seeking, offering an exciting challenge for young writers and educators alike.