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Running Head: UNIT 2 ASSIGNMENT – 1 Unit 2 Assignment - Kaplan University
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In summary of Morris Freedman’s article regarding learning to write effectively, he emphasizes the ability to read as a critical element of literacy. Freedman emphasizes that in recent generations, school and government officials have regarded reading and writing as separate tasks, to be studied independently of one another. Standardized tests fail to agree on criteria to evaluate writing. To further complicate matters, often teachers emphasize different aspects of writing, so much so that evaluating mechanics and content have resulted in widely varying opinions on what the resultant grade should be! It’s no wonder that students are equally confused regarding the mechanics of poetry and one student actually asked why they “had to read poetry ‘in the original’ at all, rather than in ‘easier’ summaries.” Freedman suggests as a solution to improving writing skills to foster a love of reading
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Unformatted text preview: which will, in turn, foster a love of putting thoughts into words and, thus, writing. Instead of reinventing the wheel, Freedman suggests returning to literary classics – by students and adults alike – in order to enhance writing. In returning to the classics such as Shakespeare, Dickens, and Twain, one must learn to enjoy reading and pick up nuances such as vocabulary choice, character, and plot, which often go unnoticed in the mechanics of the study of literature. In Fairfax County, Virginia, schools are teaching reading hand-in-hand with writing and the results are much improved. Clearly, Freedman’s ideas regarding reading and writing work together to produce better results and improved writing and should be utilized in a complementary method. References You Can’t Learn to Write Without Reading. By: Freedman, Morris. Education Week, 11/15/2006, Vol. 26 Issue 12, p32-32, 1/2p; (AN 23320000)...
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