My Co-Departmental English 11 class is currently undertaking the same Narrative Journalism writing assignment I wrote about a couple of entries back. They tackle almost all of the same writing assignments as the traditional English 11 classes but can’t move at the same rapid pace. Most of them read below a middle school level and about half of them would struggle to produce a paragraph of writing on their own without both scaffolding and at least some one-on-one support.
It’s my favorite class when it comes to writing.
Of course, in order to take joy from the struggles that come with this sort of territory, you have to be prepared to let some things go.
But as I discovered on this most recent endeavor into a new genre, it’s also important to remember that just because they haven’t mastered mechanical elements of writing, there’s no reason to expect that they lack mastery of the creative elements of it… Continue reading