VISITING ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Visiting elementary schools as an author takes me back to my days teaching high school English and Social Studies. Although the age group is much younger, I find that there are some of the same lessons to be taught.
When I taught English, I focused on teaching the students how to write essays and stories. I concentrated first on developing a paragraph - topic sentence, discussion and conclusion. We then moved onto multi-paragraph essays and then stories. Although diagraming sentences was in vogue at that time, I felt my time and theirs was better spent on learning the basics of writing and, in that writing process, thinking.
My recent visit to Hawthorne Elementary School
I am heartened to find that children as young as six and seven are learning this basic writing structure and that they are so accomplished at their age. I only wish my high school students of long ago had such capabilities.