Assign Blogs or Essays?

Focusing on the central question, “Does the average person, once they leave school, spend a lot of time composing academic essays?” English teacher Shelley Wright posits a mindshift is needed for allowing students to better show what they are learning.  

While she teaches traditional writing styles of voice, theme, thesis, and proper formatting, she noticed that her students had trouble transferring those skills after they graduated.  After pondering the issue for years, she began showing her students the power of blogging. Blogging, she believes is the new persuasive essay and students are able to better grasp the relevance of persuading their audience and most importantly finding a writing voice that will take them further in the future.  

Read the entire KQED Mindshift article.



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