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How to get into the Writing Process

Writing is a form of communication.  In the past we had to rely upon some form of paper to have good communication. Now we have the virtual world to help us.
All communication has to be clear, you have to know what you want to say and the best way to say it.
One way to start the creative process is to have  a private journal and just write.  I did this when I was a child.  I even believed in Time Travel.  On  one page of my journal, I left a blank page for my future self to write an entry.  Of course my younger self would never see the entry, and I have left the page blank.  I still have the journal, it is amazing that it actually made the trip to Israel!

You can have your students write a journal and you can give credit to them if they write a certain amount of text each week.  You don't have to correct for spelling and grammar, but for content.

One caveat,  when you want to promote good writing, I always use a different color pen, say green. When a student sees a page of their…

Teaching Good Writing

What are the difficulties of writing?
The issues that most come up are the attitude of the student.

"I can't write", "I don't like to write well", I can't write as well as .So and So" are a few of the complaints that teachers hear. As a teacher you have to deal with the psychological resistance of the student.  In the big picture we are all writers,  we write our lives by the way that we live them.  In order to get it down on paper, or on the computer screen we have to forget about the blank page.

Writing is the process of putting visibly one's invisible thoughts.  Writing is a process. Everyone who writes, reveals his personal thoughts to others. You reveal the way you think and react to the world when you write.
Thoughts are abstractions. It is only when we transform the ideas and write them, they become concrete.

The process of writing takes the invisible and makes it visible.
It takes the abstract and makes it concrete.
Writing can also t…

Commonly confused words homework

Name____________________  Date__________________
Words Commonly Confused Homework  Circle the correct answer. 

My cat had (its, it’s) kittens last night.
Please be (quiet, quite) during the test.
Our school’s (principal, principle) shaved his head when the soccer team won the state championship.
Be careful with (your, you’re) new cell phone; you’d hate to lose or break it.
Sam just barely (passed, past) his driver’s exam.
When Rachel got hit with a baseball, we thought she might not be (conscious, conscience).
(There, Their, They’re) going to be angry when they find out that their trees were toilet papered last night.
I can’t stand it when people give me (advice, advise) that I don’t need.
Please put (your, you’re ) clothes in the laundry basket.
How many fans (were, where) at the game?
I’m sorry, but this restaurant doesn’t (accept, except) credit cards.
In science class, we learned about the Greenhouse (affect, effect).
When Jen told a joke, we all (burst, b…