MD2Assgn1WeaverB - Running head Assessing My Own Writing Assessing My Own Writing Module 2 Assignment 1 Brittany Weaver Walden University Donna Bialach

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1 Running head: Assessing My Own Writing Assessing My Own Writing Module 2 Assignment 1 Brittany Weaver Walden University Donna Bialach READ 6727 – Reading and Literacy Growth, Grades 4-6 March 16, 2017
5 Assessing My Own Writing Growing up I can remember wandering off to find a quiet spot to read or write. I enjoyed writing in my journal, reflecting on my day and the highs and lows of adolescence. Occasionally I would find myself writing poetry. My poetry of choice was usually more freeform, so I could just write until the fluidity of thoughts stopped. I can recall not enjoying writing in school as much as I did at home when the topic was up to me. I wanted to write because it meant something and allowed me to be creative, rather than simply responding to a writing prompt that was identical to the one being handed out to the rest of my class. It is this love of writing, and making writing meaningful, that lends itself well to my abilities as a writing teacher. When our curriculum is district mandated, I still try to find ways to make the required writing personal to my students. I understand the value of writing on a topic that means something and the difference in the finished product when it was written about something in which the student was more personally invested. A strength I have in my personal writing is the knowledge of the relationship between the reader and the writer. Reading and writing are interdependent. The skills of reading and writing are the essence of holistic literacy. “Reading and writing skills develop simultaneously and are interconnected. Progress in one fuels development of the other” (Mayer, 2007, p. 34) Therefore,

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