CFP: AEQ: Social Awareness and the Writing Classroom (4/30/03; journal issue)

full name / name of organization: 
Natalie Friedman

In recent years, schools and communities across America have experienced
crises with increasing frequency. These events<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp; take a
variety of forms, ranging from tragedies within the school to occurrences
outside of the classroom that directly affect the school community. While
schools have historically responded to all manner of tragedies, the
growing complexity and severity of contemporary crises raise a unique set
of issues for instructors to confront. Besides the most evident recent
tragedy concerning the terrorist attacks on the World Trade towers,
communities are facing student violence, school shootings, teacher and
student suicides, accidental deaths, discrimination or violence against
targeted groups, and many; other localized issues. All teachers share a
responsibility for helping students come to terms with and sometimes act
on; these events, but teachers involved with a “writing classroom” of any
kind have a unique stance from which to engage; students in critical
thought and discussion of the crises. What are some of the ways an
instructor can use the writing; classroom to promote constructive thought,
discussion, and awareness of the issues surrounding a crisis? What are
some of the considerations an instructor must explore before delving into
these activities—personal feelings, student sensitivities, and; community
or school views?

Who May Submit: All writing teachers with experiences responding to crisis
in the classroom, whether positive or negative. Raising sensitive or
volatile issues in the classroom is a tricky business, and learning from
others’ trial and error experiences is an effective way to develop a
strong approach. Contributors are not limited to Composition or Literature
instructors; anyone who teaches a class with a writing emphasis is
encouraged to submit.

Please visit the AEQ website for more information - the address is, and you want to find the Summer '03 issue. Deadline
has been extended to April 30, 2003.

 Please identify your submission with keyword: WRITING

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