Saturday, January 14, 2006

Lies, lies and more lies

Bud shared part of a post from Tim about lies we tell our students. Bud mentions the lie of the 3-5 sentence paragraph.

We talk a lot in our Writing Project institutes about not giving students these formulaic views of writing. As readers we know we don't enjoy reading things that follow these "rules" and yet many teachers tell their students that they are RULES that must be followed.

Anyway, check out Bud's post and Tim's if you haven't seen them yet.

1 comment:

Charles Nelson said...

In introductory chemistry, they teach the "lie" of an atom having protons, neutrons, and electrons in simple shell layers. Only in later courses do students leave this "lie" behind. Is there a difference between chemistry and writing or a useful analogy?