The Birth of a Writer

For those who missed the smashing FWP’s internet fame please give these a little looksy!

First World Problems Part 1

First World Problems part 2

I like to show these gems around the first six to eight weeks of school when the students begin thinking school is a waste of time.  Then I show them the the next pieces…

First World Problems Anthem

What Does Third World Mean?

Next we write.. and write… and revise… reread.. rewrite… and hopefully everyone increases their abilities to relate ideas of the modern world to problems currently occurring. Most of my students go on to join MUN groups, Mock Trial, and some begin blogs, or writing and publishing on other apps. I love this aspect of teaching and opening the eyes of the students to the world forum. It helps bring them to the understanding of universal themes and multi-genre writing styles.

For most authors ideas of infusing multiple writing genres in works is a natural fit. I look at the multiple books I’ve read over time, even within fiction, there are arguments made, narrative prose, and researched informational infusions. It is important we introduce our 21st century learners to the fabulous world of reading and writing from the beginning. The moment Dr. Seuss is read, or the fabulous works of Helen Cooper, with The Little Boy Who Wouldn’t Go to Bed or Pumpkin Soup, to our older adolescent readers enjoying Suzanne Collins and the Hunger Games to Cassandra Claire and her Mortal Instruments series and many more, each reader absorbs enough to begin thinking about writing. Once they begin writing, they too know that it is important to read like a writer and write like a reader. Who knows, one day they might just grow up and be the next big writer for Time Magazine or Esquire.  Some may become the next autobiographer or even rub elbows with a John Grisham!

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