Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Parents and Writing at Home

Question: How can parents encourage their children to write at home?

The following is reprinted from Cathy Fleischer’s Reading and Writing and Teens: A Parent’s Guide to Adolescent Literacy. Urbana: NCTE, 2010:

> Model writing in your home.

> Write with your teen.

> Write to your teen.

> Encourage your teen to write to you.

> Help your teen find outlets and audiences for writing.

> Recognize that writing can find many forms and encourage your teen to try multiple kinds of writing.

> Create family traditions that include writing.

> Play teen word games, for example, create six-word memoirs that capture a moment in her life.

Comment: Interesting ideas for involving your teens in writing at home. The author gives extensive examples for each activity. My job as a blogger is to give my readers the essential idea. If interested, my readers should purchase the journal or the article. RayS.

Title: “Inviting Parents In” Expanding Our Community Base to Support Writing.” C Fleischer and KC Pavlock. English Journal (March 2012), 29-36.

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