Writing is very important. As an English teacher, I learn more about my students through their writing. It tells me what areas of grammar need practice, but more importantly, their writing displays their intelligence. My students write about things they would not say in class, and they express complex ideas that they would not say in class. The construction may not be perfect but the ideas are complex. I believe that writing is the best way to teach students and to learn about them.
This month I will donate 10% of Junes’ profits from my JuicePlus sales to StoryPirates, an organization that promotes literacy as a vital part of education. (10% of my May’s profits went to Livestrong.) So who are the story pirates? In their own words,
“Story Pirates is a nationally respected arts and creative writing organization founded in 2003 to celebrate the words and ideas of young people, to promote literacy as a vital part of education, and to preserve the spark of youthful creativity often lost in the transition to adulthood. The cornerstone of the company is the Play/Write Program, a series of creative writing and drama workshops that lead to a musical sketch comedy show acted by adults and comprised entirely of stories written by kids.” – storypirates.org/
I plan to incorporate this technique with my ESL students. Although they are older pirates, average age 18, I believe that this can be useful not only as a writing exercise, but also as a speaking activity.
Visit the StoryPirates site and read about the interesting work they are accomplishing.