"It got me thinking about a theory of four. Could I boil down the many facets of writing to four essential steps? We want our students to achieve clarity, could we model this by giving four clear steps before writing. To achieve this, I went through 10 years worth of AP exams and read the high-level sample essays looking for the common threads. What did good writers do repeatedly?"
Creating and writing blogs has become a main staple for many teachers, either to use as a tool for their own reflections; opinions; or as a tool to inspire pupils to writing. Demian Farnworth has created a useful infographic reminding of eleven essential ingredients for writing engaging content within a blog, useful for teachers and students alike.
Got an hour? Wanna learn Writer’s Workshop? This is a reasonable place to start. This resource is a brief introduction to one of the most popular—and controversial instructional methods of all-time. It includes a handy two-page “organizer” and a day-by-day “first week of class” example. Even though the Forces of Standardization work furiously day and night trying to disparage Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop, somehow this “crazy” way of teaching has remained the only named method of literacy instruction in consistent use throughout the United States for more than a quarter of a century. How does that happen? Through the good graces of teachers like you who understand it’s power and the promise it holds for the literate lives of children.
Writers experience a ridiculous range of emotions throughout the writing process: excitement when a new idea comes along; satisfaction and joy when a work-in-progress is completed; and fear at varying intervals between.
Sadly, for every person reading this post, fear is an issue that must be addressed. It stifles creativity, encourages negativity, and exponentially increases our chances of failure. It’s a toxin that poisons us on a basic, human level. And it’s death to the writing process.
Even if it’s nothing, even if it’s crap, you’ve got to carve the words onto the page. Even if it’s only a hundred words, even if you only get to move the mountain by a half-an-inch, you’re still nudging the needle, still keeping that story-heart beating, still proving to yourself and to the world that this is who you are and what you do.
They say you can’t get blood from a stone but squeeze a stone hard enough, you’ll get blood.