Yes, there was a time when educators believed children learned to read first and then they learned to write (reports) for school. People did not all become writers - only a few who were likely "genetically endowed with a gene that let them think creatively and write purposely about meaningful topics became writers
Yes, there was a time when good teachers, trying their very best had students copy poems from the board in neatly formed letters and called it writing.
Yes, there was a time when most teachers, all parents and most children believed the best way to shape writers was to have them respond to writing prompts.
Yes, there was a time when I did not think of myself as a writer even though I DID think of myself as a reader.
We've changed our thinking in the past 30 years and are on the verge of a second generation of students who see writing as integral to the literacy-learning experience. This book takes us back to the roots of the writing movement that catapulted writing into a new orbit in our schools.
It's important to know from whence we came so that we can understand the past and secure the future.
It's a good and an important read and perspective to know - for us all. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0325042942
The Original Book
Thanks, Mary Lynne, I read this one too!