Teaching writing

One of the hardest tasks facing English teachers is teaching writing (“I Teach Writing. It’s Emotional Work,” Education Week, Aug. 17).  That’s because there are so many skills involved.

When I taught English in the Los Angeles Unified School District, I used letters to the editor as a model since they allowed students to express their feelings about issues in the news in a condensed format.  Once they developed the wherewithal to do so, they were able in most cases to write longer compositions.

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