So many (or actually, all) of my articles are aimed at those who truly aspire, in some way, to write professionally–and you know who you are. This week, if you folks don’t mind, I’m putting you off to the side and concentrating on the “sometimes” writer. Again, you know who I’m talking about–that guy in your college essay class who just needed the extra credit to graduate, or every student, other than yourself, in every high school English class you’ve ever had.
In composing my blog posts for the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about my current crop of ninth grade students. A handful of them are aspiring journalists or playwrights, and the rest are there because the state, and their parents, say they need four years of English before they finish high school. While it is enjoyable (and certainly, easier) to address the students who want to write, my job as a teacher demands that I develop lessons that speak to all types of students. I’m beginning to wonder if I should throw those kids an occasional blog post, as well.
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