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Sunday, November 2, 2014
Here are some great articles on the use of short nonfiction texts. Enjoy!!!
It is with words as with sunbeams, the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.
remember Don Murray's favorite apology when passing out a long draft
for others to read was "Sorry -- I didn't have time to write it short so
I wrote it long." Don believed writers honored their audiences by
distilling ideas down to their essence. For him, the best writing was
always the most succinct -- the fewest carefully chosen words in just
the right order.
Don didn't live to see the days of Twitter, but I think he
would have loved the challenge of saying something of value in 140
characters or less. It's not surprising that Twitter flourishes, even
though writing length is not an issue on the web. Blog posts can go on
and on -- no dead trees to worry about. Yet it seems intrinsic to human
nature to appreciate economy -- there is beauty in the barrista who
moves so quickly and efficiently to craft a delicious espresso or swirl a
heart on the surface of a latte, with not one wasted movement.
It's easy to view short text as easy reading, a way to
differentiate instruction for learners who can't handle longer tomes.
But the best short texts (like poetry) present whole worlds in words.
They are challenging precisely because they are so precise -- they show
students the power of rereading, the possibilities of inferring, and the
importance of punctuation when it's framing spare text.
This week we look at using short nonfiction texts in instruction. Plus more as always -- enjoy!
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