A Tuesday Poem: Revolution for the Tested. Revolution for the Tested by Kate Messner (Copyright 2010) Write.
But don’t write what they tell you to.Don’t write formulaic paragraphsCounting sentences as you goThree-four-five-Done.Put your pencil down. Don’t write to fill in lines.For a weary scorer earning minimum wageHanding out points for main ideasSupported by examplesFrom the carefully selected text. Write for yourself.Write because until you do,You will never understandWhat it is you mean to sayOr who you want to be.Write because it makes you whole. And write for the world.Because your voice is important.Write because people are hurtingBecause animals are dyingBecause there is injustice That will never change if you don’t.Write because it matters.
And know this. Read. But don’t read what they tell you to.Don’t read excerpts, half-poems, Carefully selected for lexile content,Or articles written for the sole purposeOf testing your comprehension. Copyright 2010 ~ Kate Messner But please do not republish it online without permission. Lets_Take_Another_Look. Spring 2012 Writing Conference.
Mentor Text Sources. Books About Writing. Ralph Fletcher is a writer of children's picture books, young-adult fiction and poetry as well as an educational consultant who has also written books for both children and professional educators on the craft of writing. Writing Center - Peter Elbow Workshop Materials: Marist College. Look-Alikes (9780316812559): Joan Steiner. College Knowledge: What It Really Takes for Students to Succeed and What We ... - David T. Conley. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult (2003) Your novels are incredibly relevant because they deal with topics that are a part of the national dialogue.
Stem cell research and “designer babies” are issues that the medical community (and the political community) seem to be torn about. Why did you choose this subject for My Sister's Keeper? Did writing this novel change any of your views in this area? I came about the idea for this novel through the back door of a previous one, Second Glance. While researching eugenics for that book, I learned that the American Eugenics Society -- the one whose funding dried up in the 1930s when the Nazis began to explore racial hygeine too -- used to be housed in Cold Spring Harbor, NY. In Jesse, you've done an amazing job of bringing the voice of the "angry young man" alive with irreverent originality. I have to tell you - writing Jesse is the most fun I've had in a long time. Well, that's exactly why it has to be Jesse who says it! The point of view of young people is integral in your novels.
Professor Emeritus, Department of English. Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools. Along with reading comprehension, writing skill is a predictor of academic success and a basic requirement for participation in civic life and in the global economy.
Yet every year in the United States, large numbers of adolescents graduate from high school unable to write at the basic levels required by colleges and employers. Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools, commissioned by Carnegie Corporation of New York and published by the Alliance for Excellent Education, discusses eleven specific teaching techniques that research suggests will help improve the writing abilities of the country’s 4th- to 12th-grade students.