Learning to communicate ideas in writing can be a challenge for middle schoolers. Methods emphasizing mechanics and rules are often uninspiring. Tune in to Home School Heartbeat today to hear about a new writing program called Write with World.
Our guest today is Dr. Ron Pitcock. He's the General Editor and Author of Write with World. He is the J. Vaughn and Evelyn H. Wilson Honors Fellow at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, with a PhD in English and American Literature at the University of Kentucky. Ron, welcome to the program.
Mike, happy to be here.
Ron, tell our listeners why you feel a new approach to teaching writing is needed.
Well Mike, over the past twenty years, we've taught writers and worked with writing teachers from middle school to college. During that time, I repeatedly heard two refrains: teaching writing is difficult, and, students are not learning to write effectively. These concerns are nothing new, and have shaped the national conversation on writing since the 19th century. However, what is new is how students write today. No generation has produced as much writing as our current students. They update their status multiple times a day on Facebook, blog regularly, tweet tidbits in 140 characters or less, and send thousands of texts a month. Students will write with great enthusiasm when their voice is authentic, a real audience is listening, and they have a clear, real-world purpose. Write with World is specifically designed to meet the needs of these students, and to provide a real and meaningful context for both personal and academic writing.
Next time, we'll talk about some unique features of this new writing program. I'm Mike Farris.