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Writing Descriptive Text

In descriptive writing, the author does not tell the reader what was seen, felt, tested, smelled, or heard. Rather, he describes something that he experienced and, through his choice of words, makes it seem real. In other words, descriptive writing is vivid, colorful, and detailed. Bringing Words to Life Descriptive writing creates an impression in…
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A Kick of a Kicker

Ok, so you wrote a great lead to your story…and the reader is hooked. Now, how do you end the story with as much satisfaction? Writers focus a lot on how to begin a story – too much, says Leonard Pitts, Jr., Pulitzer-prize winning journalist for the Miami Herald. “With a strong lead, you get…
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Read, Write, SHARE!

“Human beings have a deep need to represent their experience through writing… we write because we want to understand our lives.” This quote from The Art of Teaching Writing by children’s literature expert Lucy Calkins describes how to empower children to write.

Children write to understand their chaos, but it isn’t enough. They want to be represented and understood by an audience.  Sharing their writing is just as important at the practice of writing. When children read their peers writing as literature it leads to the feeling of authorship and understanding.

Calkins says sharing starts at the beginning and continues throughout the writing process because “it is only through musing, drafting, revising, talking, and musing some more that most writers know what they want to say.”