30 ideas for not teaching writing

I just ran across a link I tucked away to a page on the National Writing Project website.

It’s about NWP’s 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing, a book ofsuccessful strategies contributed by experienced Writing Project teachers.”

The majority of the ideas are for students at the elementary and middle school levels.

Here are those whose description says high school:

2. Establish an email dialogue between students from different schools who are reading the same book.

5. Work with words relevant to students’ lives to help them build vocabulary.

10. Get students to focus on their writing by holding off on grading.

12. Give students a chance to write to an audience for real purpose.

23. Require students to make a persuasive written argument in support of a final grade.

24. Ground writing in social issues important to students.

27. Think like a football coach.

Here are those whose description says college:

29. Use home language on the road to Standard English.

30. Introduce multi-genre writing in the context of community service.

I can’t see that any one of those nine ideas actually involves teaching writing, can you?

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