Last Sunday was the NCTE's 5th Annual National Day on Writing. If I hadn't checked my Twitter feed, I would have missed it. To be honest, until yesterday, I didn't even know such a day existed! Here's why I'm glad I didn't miss out this year...
Blogging as a Mentor Text
I follow several blogs on Edutopia, but the one that led me to the National Day on Writing is their Student Engagement blog. If you haven't read Todd Finley's post entitled: Why Do We Have to Write Today? I strongly recommend it. Today, I shared this piece with all of my classes as a mentor text. I had them highlight anything they could relate to as a writer. I then asked them the following questions:
- What do you think makes this good writing?
- What is the author's purpose? (Provide evidence to support your answer).
- What do you notice about most of the sentences? What do you think of this technique?
- What about the length of these sentences? How do these affect the speed at which we read this piece?