Posted by: ccclib | October 17, 2011

National Day on Writing

Elizabeth Lack to the Calhoun community:

In 2009 and 2010, the U.S. Senate passed resolutions declaring October 20th, as the National Day on Writing. As educators, this day would be a great time to recognize the importance of writing across curriculums. Regardless of the subject matter, writing is an intricate part of the education process. With technologies such as digital media, text messaging, IM’s, social networking sites, and online blogs, individuals are inundated with abounding opportunities to write. The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has set up a website where students can upload their writing to galleriesîwhere they can be shared with other readers. According to the NCTE website, these galleries are aimed to promote writing, reading, and literacy in a number of ways:

“points to the importance of writing instruction and practice at every grade level, for every student and in every subject area from preschool through university (see The Genteel Unteaching of Americaís Poor), emphasizes the lifelong process of learning to write and composing for different audiences, purposes, and occasions, and encourages Americans to write, enjoy, and learn from the writing of others.”

I would like to encourage you to take part of this opportunity in your classrooms during the week of October 20th. This is a wonderful time to show students that their writing DOES matter and that it IS important. The National Day on Writing is also an excellent opportunity for us to focus on the benefits of Academic Reading Comprehension (ARC).

If you would like for your students to participate in this event, I have created a gallery at http://www.galleryofwriting.org/ (Calhoun Community College-E. Lack) where Calhoun Students, regardless of their area of study, can post their original writings. These writings can range from electronic presentations, blog posts or journal entries, documentary clips, poetry, “how to” directions, short stories, memos, audio and video clips, speeches, and essays. If you would like more information about how to get involved with the National Day of Writing, feel free to contact me, or consult the NCTE webpage at http://www.ncte.org

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