Write. Rewrite

November 12, 2014

Larry L. King once said, “Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.” At this point in the 8th grade semester, our students are finding this out the hard way – there are no breaks, and there are no shortcuts. In preparation for the 8th grade NeSA Writing Test, we read, we write, we rewrite, and we write some more. While this schedule may seem arduous for some, the intensive writing gives others a chance to shine. We turned in our first final copy of a five-paragraph essay two weeks ago, complete with rough drafts, revision, and all the pre-writing steps. As I was reading through the essays, it quickly became clear that we have some very talented 8th grade writers. Some of these essays painted elaborate pictures of “fiery, five-pointed leaves dancing to the rhythm of a brisk autumn breeze” and sidewalks “overflowing with a muted rainbow of color.” Having a vivid imagination is one essential part of writing, but being able to capture that essence in writing and craft a picture for the reader is a skill that needs to be nurtured. For the next several weeks, we will continue to write and rewrite, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have fun!