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Encouraging Young Writers


Teaching with Writing by Toby Fulwiler ranks high among the seminal writing texts in my professional library. Often, I flip back through my notebook to these sketches as a reminder of the teacher I want to be. Moreover, I can't help but see the parallels between the experiences adolescents and teenagers have online versus encounters with writing in school.


Over the past three years, I have recorded dozens of engaged students in conferences who shared that they frequently ask other adolescents how to improve their digital writing--captions on Instagram, YouTube videos, fan-fiction, and blogging comprise some of the topics in which adolescents support one another online.


Attitude regarding writing weighs heavily on one's growth as a writer.

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