Jan. 22, 2012
Hey kids....don't let this happen to you!
STUDENT: You made a mistake on thinkwave. My writing grade is really bad but I got an A on the blahblahblah assignment!
TEACHER: You did a GREAT job on the blahblahblah writing assignment. Unfortunately ... you have not turned in four other writing assignments. Those four are now earning you zero points each.
STUDENT: What?! I didn't know those assignments counted!
TEACHER: Everything counts. I told you that in September.
STUDENT: (sad face) Can I do extra credit? My mom is really mad about my writing grade.
TEACHER: I am sorry your mom is mad at you. You just need to do all of the "required" assignments and I'm sure your average will increase.
STUDENT: Oh. Okay.
The keys to improved writing:
1. Read a wide variety of things (fiction, nonfiction, magazines, newspapers, etc).
2. Practice writing.
3. Turn in your assignments on time.
Please notice "ignore/avoid/forget writing assignments" is not a key to success.
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