When asked "Why Read?" The responses flow freely. Even those who find reading challenging, know the joy of books. Thanks to high interest read alouds and gloriously illustrated picture books, from a very young age, most children realize there is a good reason to learn to read.
The purpose for writing is not quite as obvious. In fact I suspect many adults would struggle with this question as well. After all, how many of us consider ourselves writers? Our children see us reading, but how often do they see us writing? I myself panic every time I sit down to write this blog. Will my thinking translate to the page in a way that is meaningful to others? Will anyone be interested in what I have to say? I doubt and I procrastinate because writing is hard. So why is it worth the effort? Why is it so important for students to see themselves as writers?
Scieszka. In "The Car Trip," the family cat scarfs down a half eaten candy bar and then precedes to hack it back up spurring a domino effect of gagging and barfing among the six Scieszka boys riding in the back of the family station wagon. Fourth graders love gross-out humor, and by the end of this
story, they are begging for an encore reading. Many are inspired to write a humorous piece in their Free-write notebooks and eager to share during
our authors' share. They bask in the laughter their stories elicit. Igniting emotions in others with our words feels great!
I display a well-known piece of writing on the whiteboard. The students are quick to recognize Martin Luther King's famous "I have a Dream" speech. Now they are starting to get it. Why write? To bring about change, to make a difference, to "Rock the World!"