Thursday, October 15, 2009

Topic: Writing and Reading Coordinated.

10-second review: Students read the same kind of materials that they are writing. If they are writing narratives, they read stories. If their writing is expository, they read essays and nonfiction. If they are writing poetry, they are reading poetry.

Title: “Tonawanda Middle School’s New Writing Program.” Charles R. Cooper, et al. English Journal (November 1976), 56 -61. The secondary school journal of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Quote: “Since writers are helped when they can read the same kinds of writing they are trying to produce, the reading and literature in the English program should at least occasionally match the writing students are doing.”

Comment: Makes sense. Not restrictive. But at least some literary selections should be the same type as the students are learning to write. RayS.

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