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Where Good Writers Become Great Writers

The Holiday Season / 2023-24: A text I enjoy sharing with older students is “On Self-Respect,” a 1961 essay by Joan Didion. This essay faces off with some of the deepest but rarely articulated concerns

December, 2023: Families: Practice sharing stories around the dinner table or in the car. Ask: What happened today? Limit everyone to 4-5 sentences. When you tell a good story efficiently, you are exercising your writing

November, 2023: The educator/writer Peter Johnston devotes his book, Choice Words,  to a discussion of the connection between language and learning.  As students develop an increasingly expansive vocabulary, their ability to become more sophisticated in

October, 2023: Great writers are those who devote themselves to the discipline of writing.  The painter Georgia O’Keeffe, known for her abstract paintings inspired by nature, knew from an early age that she wanted to

September, 2023: Recently, a student wrote an essay about Cleopatra of Egypt, noting  many of the accomplishments of the great queen: Cleopatra could speak at least seven languages including Greek, Egyptian and Latin.  She reformed

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