I struggle each year with how to teach writing to middle schoolers. I know I write fairly well, but actually teaching writing is a totally different animal. Last night the thought occurred to me, "Do my students know what excellent writing looks like? Would it help them become better writers to look at some well-written sentences or paragraphs?"
When I was growing up, I used to write down favorite passages from my reading in a notebook that I carried with me everywhere. I've lost track of that notebook, sadly, so I want to re-create it...Google-style. And with the help of my amazing PLN!
Do you have a favorite passage from literature? Have you read something recently that made you stop and say, "Wow! I wish I could write like that!" If you do, I'm hoping you wouldn't mind sharing it with us. The link that follows is to a Google Doc I've created to gather all of our favorite passages. Please feel free to add your passages here:
Favorite Passages From Literature
If you've never used a Google Doc before, you might be more comfortable using this form to share your favorite passages:
We truly appreciate any help you can offer us. I'll publish the document in a few days, after I start adding to it.