Saturday, April 2, 2011
9 Rights Of Every Writer_Chapter 1 & 2
Students look to us for writing ideas not because we inspire them, but because it is easier to follow an assignment than to think on your own what you will write. This is precisely why it is so important for writers- all writers- to do so. Defining a topic is central to the thinking part of writing. (p. 26)
Spandel promotes the concept that our role as educators is to help students become thinkers, not merely responders. What are the real struggles, successes and/or challenges you've experienced in writing instruction when it comes to assigning writing topics vs. allowing students autonomy to define their own writing topics?