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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Writing Tests

Okay, so my students will be taking their state writing test on Wednesday, and we have been practicing and practicing. Everything from leads, endings, good word choice, and show don't tell techniques have been taught and perfected. But, here is my beef with this test. The state expects our young writers to plan, draft, revise, edit, and publish a final copy in one day. Actually less than one day because they have to take a multiple choice revising and editing section. Isn't this absurd.

As a writer, I am flabbergasted to know that this is the expectation. I don't know any writer who does all of it in one day. Edits alone take weeks.

I absolutely understand that it is only a two page composition, but I believe it sends the wrong message about living the writerly life. We should be teaching our writers to love the process of writing the experiences of their lives, to create stories that will inspire, and respect the process of revision.

So, if you are with me...let's do something about it. Post your comments below!!!

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