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

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

by Nancy DaFoe


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475802740
Publisher: R&L Education
Publication date: 02/12/2013
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Nancy A. Dafoe is an award-winning, published poet and fiction writer, in addition to being an educator living in Central New York. She has taught in a variety of settings and at different grade levels from 9th grade to freshmen in college.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Writing Well Matters
Chapter 1: Encouraging Creative Frameworks for Critical Thinking and Writing
Chapter 2: The Writer as Critical Thinker
Section 1: Playing with Language
Section 2: Taking Creative Risks to Improve Writing
Chapter 3: Recognizing the Problem
Section 1: A Familiar Scene
Section 2: Why the Essay Genre Presents Such Challenges
Section 3: The Hollow Middle
Section 4: When a Good Student Writes a Bad Essay
Section 5: When a Student Surprises with His/Her Writing
Chapter 4: Outlining Creative Applications to Academic Writing
Section 1: Where to start and how to proceed with instruction in creative techniques and creative choices
Section 2: Applications with Metaphor
Chapter 5: Applications with Prose Poems or Poetic Prose
Chapter 6: Discourse Applications with Poetry
Chapter 7: Applications with Narrative—Story, Dialogue, and the Mini-Script
Chapter 8: Applications with Parody and Satire
Chapter 9: Applications with Musings and Journaling
Chapter 10: Applications with Unusual Vessels and Technology
Section 1: Student Applications with Unusual Vessels
Section 2: Applications with Technology
A: Texting
B: Blogging
Chapter 11: Traditional Looking Essays Incorporating Creative Techniques
Chapter 12: Changing the Landscape of Academic Writing Assignments and the Classroom Environment
Chapter 13: Making Editing Integral
Chapter 14: Inviting the Common Core Standards into the Classroom and
Recognizing they are First Cousins to Creativity
Chapter 15: Lesson Planning Involving Creative Choice and Techniques
Section 1: Building Creative Techniques into the Writing Lesson
Section 2: Tweaking the Assessment Rubric to Encourage Creativity
Chapter 16: Setting Up Action Research
Section 1: Student Writing Surveys
Section 2: Examining Comparative Data
Section 3: A Procedural Guide—Building Creative Choice into the Compositional Assignment
Chapter 17: Providing Students with Opportunities for Authentic Audience
Instructional Application and Dedication
Appendix A: A Guide for Parents
Appendix B: A Sampling of Young Writers’ Conferences
Appendix C: Helpful, Creative Resources for Writers and Writing Instruction

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