Written by Idea File Staff
More reading makes for better writing.
Dissatisfied with the writing your students are producing?
Does it lack life and color?
Perhaps the reason your staff members do not write better is they do not read enough.
Consider instituting a 5-10 minute reading period at the beginning of yearbook class. Find examples of well-written material and bring back the elementary school story time.
Do not limit yourself to examples created for yearbook. Children’s books are excellent examples of “word economy.” Newspapers, web sites, magazines and catalogs are also appropriate hunting grounds.
Specific examples of good writing, as well as teaching points for each, can be found in the Magazine Rack in the Members Only area of Walsworth on the Web.
Remember, keep reading periods to approximately 10 minutes.