here is a thought that I know we can all agree on…

The ideal writing assignment engages not only the mind and emotions of the writer, but is transferred to the reader as well.  There is room for creativity, for testing out words, and is not prescribed.  Writing for students becomes difficult when their minds are worried about spelling, grammar, paragraphing, complete sentences, etc. The ideal writing assignment simply asks students to first, let that inner conversation they have with themselves flow onto the paper or the keyboard easily. It is like learning to read; if a student is focused on sounding out words, they become lost in the depth and meaning of what the book is sharing with them.  Once that obstacle is taken away, it opens up the world.

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