Factual accuracy is a writing requirement

An article in my local school district’s newsletter written by a fifth grade ELA class about a presentation by a retired teacher from the district contained this startling fact:

“Haiti is an island located in the Pacific Ocean, east of Florida.”

Haiti shown in Atlantic Ocean east of US

Haiti shares an Atlantic Ocean island with the Dominican Republic.

Whatever else a writing teacher does, he or she should not allow students to get away with such blatant factual errors. Accuracy in writing should extend to more than correct placement of commas.

 

 

What’s the goal of teaching writing?

If students leave the writing workshop feeling famous, then I have done my job right. Sharing your writing, being enlarged by others’ writing is what makes you feel famous.
Source: Gretchen Bernabei, 2010 Summer Writing Academy, San Antonio ISD, San Antonio, Texas

As a writing teacher, what’s your goal?

Do you want your students to appreciate literature?

Write creatively?

Respect others who are different from themselves?

Learn to work collaboratively?

Are you seeking to boost students’ confidence?

Help them develop grit?

Prepare them to participate in the democratic process?

Equip them with knowledge of the fundamentals of grammar, punctuation, and usage?

Enable them to be leaders?

My goal as a writing teacher is modest.

I simply want every one of my students to write competently by the end of the course.