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1Running head: Assessing My Own Writing Assessing My Own WritingModule 2 Assignment 1Brittany WeaverWalden UniversityDonna BialachREAD 6727 – Reading and Literacy Growth, Grades 4-6March 16, 2017
5Assessing My Own WritingGrowing 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 differencein 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 thereader 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,