Teaching writing

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What happens when a group of educators holiday together? This week I have the privilege of holidaying with  four educators from interstate and New York. As we all arrived we placed our current reading out on the coffee table to share. As I have relaxed and read the coffee table offerings I have been reflecting on the connection between responding and composing. Part of responding to text is deconstructing the way the text has been written to suit it’s purpose. This ‘reading like a writer’ is important for writers developing their craft- another indication of the reciprocal relationship between the key processes of responding and composing. All writers ‘borrow’ from other writers. Helping students to unpack what they read and judge what makes the writing effective and then allowing them to experiment with those techniques themselves builds their skills as writers. Increasingly the English block needs to be viewed as responding to and composing text not separate reading and writing sessions.