How can I use my literacy skills to communicate powerfully and learn about myself and the world around me?
Description of Class
In writers workshop, we expand on our writing skills by writing on different topics. For example, so far this school year we have written a personal narrative, a children's literature story, a letter to your favorite author, and a informational book on teen activism. We are planning on, next, reading a book and analyzing it.
What do you think people learned from your book? What is the main takeaway?
I think people learned more about different perspectives on underaged forced marriage, people dedicated to help stop underaged forced marriage, and different laws regarding underaged forced marriage. I think that my main point though is that there maybe be people who think underaged forced marriage is great, but there are more who devote their lives to help make laws and safe people from it.
If someone you know is writing an informational text, what 3 tips would you give them to be successful?
I would tell them that they shouldn't worry about making the text sound proper or formal, that they should just write to get out the ideas and then edit it later. I would also tell them that pictures are an important part of making the writing more interesting because it allows the reader to take breaks while reading. FInally, I would tell them that they should always have bibliography for the evidence and the images because it is always important to give credit to other people.
How did you grow as a writer during this unit? What do you want to continue growing on?
I feel like I definitely grew in my writing by realizing that I could make the style of my writing more unique to me by making it in my own voice instead of straining to make it sound complicated and formal. I used my own voice and, therefore, had more fun writing. I would love to continue growing on organising the text so things flow more easily and the reader doesn't have to adjust from one topic to another so quickly.
What was a challenge you had during this unit? How did you overcome it?
I really struggled with finding credible sources on certain subtopics in the entire book. There are a lot of website on underaged forced marriage and underaged forced marriage in Malawi, but there isn't a lot of information on Memory Banda, my teen activist, herself or on the Forced Marriage Act of 2007, and what there wasn't very credible. I overcame this by just using what little websites I had and just taking their most convincing pieces of information.