First, convince them they ARE writers

Part 1of 2 posts for the Partnership for Inquiry Learning (formerly Indiana Partnership for Young Writers), examining the similarities in my work teaching writing to undergraduates and pre-K students.


Here’s an excerpt:

So I’m doing the same thing in pre-K. They need lots of opportunities to write without being judged or corrected. We offer bookmaking as an option during free play time, because that is when “fun” things are available. That’s part of the “choice” in pre-K writing—you can not only choose what you write about, but also whether or not you write today. I sit with students at the “writing center” and try to point out what they know about writing when they share their books with me.

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Julie is a copywriter, content writer, and creative nonfiction writer located in Indianapolis, Indiana.