October 20 marks the National Day on Writing–a day initiated by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) ten years ago. Using the theme #WhyIWrite, participants promote writing as authentic, critical literacy–literacy that moves beyond school assignments and high stakes tests. Writing is indeed a necessary part of life– a tool that helps us to organize our day, a thread that links past and present, a means of communicating ideas to the world, an instrument of change, and even a way of coming into a deeper understanding of ourselves and each other. For this 10th Annual National Day of Writing, Klein ISD is going bigger than ever with our celebrations and activities.
Month Long Activities
- Celebrate with us by writing in some way every day. Here’s a list of ideas:
Compose a tweet about why you write, use #WhyIWrite, and tag @KISD_Literacy and @NCTE
- Visit kisd.us/whyiwrite to learn how students can easily write for The Exchange by answering one of three questions: Why do you write? What do you like to write? Who is your favorite writer and why? (Submissions due by October 17)
- Take a look at the NCTE plans for 2018 for even more ideas.
This year we are holding our first annual Scholastic Writing Workshop Day on October 20. That’s right! We are kicking off this event on the National Day of Writing. Students interested in entering the Scholastic Writing Contest can join a group of committed writing teachers and students from 9 a.m. to noon at the Klein Multipurpose Center to learn more about the contest, get feedback from peers about drafts or writing ideas, study winning pieces to learn more about author’s craft, and actually engage in writing. You don’t want to miss it. Click HERE to RSVP.