Young Writers as Designers, Engineers, Inventors
As much as writing is about using perspective, shouldn’t our perspective of how we write matter too?
One way to view writing is to look at it as diagramming sentences, memorizing a vocab list, or citing a source. And while these can be important aspects of the writing process, they’re just that… pieces in a process. They’re rarely inspiring, hardly motivating, and they don’t bring the writing experience to life.
How can we do better as educators?
Another view of writing borrows a metaphor or two. Young writers, with the power of writing we’re giving them, can design, construct, direct, and modify. They can at once layout new ideas, but also paint a picture and attempt to fix a problem. And because writing crosses through all, when a writer picks up the pen, they can become a political activist, the founder of a trendy startup, or even a movie reviewer. There really is no end to the possibilities.
And that’s a view worth considering.
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