My kids, they write

Our school district recently changed their curriculum to place more emphasis on writing. This is one of those changes that has been a very good thing.

Andrew has always disliked having to write things like essays and reports. And honestly? I’ve never liked it either. Worse, when you’re a writer, people sometimes expect help with that sort of thing. The conventional wisdom being: Dude, you’re a writer, why can’t you write a scholarship application essay/grant application/whatever.

Well, for the same reason that if I didn’t write installation instructions five days a week, I wouldn’t be very good at that.

Anyway, I’ve seen a huge turnaround in Andrew’s writing in the last year. And they have designated free writing times for the younger grades as well. They do learn proper spelling, punctuation, and so on, but for free writing they’re encourage to sound things out of their own and keep going.

I’ve been amazed at their progress.

Here’s a “journal” entry that Kyra wrote. I cleaned up the spelling, but I feel compelled to add that she got all the apostrophes correct.

I’m a little girl. It’s close to Halloween. I’m going to get a costume that’s a devil. It’s going to be fun.

Kyra would like everyone to know that she’s going to be a good devil.

Here’s part of an essay that Andrew wrote, the goal being to write about yourself in the third person:

Andrew is so messy you cannot see the floor of his room because it is covered in stuff, mostly books and junk. Unless the floor is clean and the mess is really holograms. But what is the point to go through all that trouble. Unless he does that so when his mom or dad asks him to clean his room, he turns off the projection of the holograms, and then gets a raise in his allowance. I guess that theory does not work because sometimes when he cleans it, it actually gets messier. IT ACTUALLY GETS MESSIER.

I’m hoping his English teacher doesn’t ding him for the use of all caps.

As you probably guessed, I’m psyched that both of them are writing. Whether they become writers is neither here nor there. I think being able to express themselves in writing will server them well.


Filed under Kids, Writing

4 responses to “My kids, they write

  1. Jenn

    I hope our school system encourages more writing as my kids get older.

    That’s awesome that Kyra wants to be a (good) devil. It’s nice to see a stand-out girl costume amongst all the princesses. πŸ™‚

    I love the all caps, haha. They can’t take off for that if he’s using it for emphasis, can they?

  2. oh

    Andrew did a remarkable job. I would not ding him for hte caps, not at all, because therein lies the magic of his piece, the wrap-up, the power! He has happened upon a truth we all often feel. The more we try to clean, it just gets messier. And writing, no matter the level, is always about truth.

    You get an A+, Andrew.

  3. MJ

    That’s wonderful! I’m totally stealing that prompt about using third person to use with my students πŸ˜‰

    4th grade, which I teach, is the grade the state tests writing, so we do a lot as well. Getting them to expand is hard, so I take two stories a week, type them up and we work on them together. This week one student had only written 75 words, so we added and added, including a bit with him riding a bike with a flowered basket. We had fun and I hope they learned about adding details.

  4. LOVED Andrew’s essay… so funny. He’s got a truly amazing imagination. I’m glad he’s enjoying the writing more than he used to.

    Can’t wait to see pix of your “good” devil.


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