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May I borrow a line?

Writers borrow from other writers all the time. We learn the craft of writing from one another. The way in which we apply the skills is the development of our style and unique qualities that set us apart. That’s what I learned today at the Carl Anderson Conference. It was so worth a Saturday to listen to him share is wisdom and knowledge. Creative people have masters/ mentors.

Carl shared the beginning of an author’s article. He used it as mentor text with a young writer. He created his own. Now I will give it a go.

Summer Homework Should Be Banned

“Nancy Kalish coauthored The Case Against Homework. She believes there is no reason to overload kids with assignments during the summer. “

“Swimming. Softball. Camp. Book reports. It’s pretty easy to recognize that one of these things does not belong with the others. Summer is not the right time for homework-and not just because kids hate it. There are some very good reasons why teachers should think twice before piling it on this summer.”

Here’s mine.

The alert awareness. The wolfish stance. The loyal protector. A bred for profit kept in tiny, filthy cages. It’s obvious which one of these shouldn’t describe your newly purchased German Shepard puppy. Puppy mills use dishonest techniques to allure customers to purchase damaged adorable goods – don’t do it, no way, no how. You really need to do your research before you bring home your fluffy four-legged family member.

I learned so much today! The two big take-aways: Confer Daily and have Mentor Text Ready.

~ The best was to provide equitable individualized instruction. All writers are creative. We just need to share the craft to allow creativity. Okay that’s a few more than two. Thank you @conferringcarl


Published by Joan MS Durrin

a Wife and Dog Lover; an Educator, Writer, and a Reader; an Outdoor Enthusiast, a Learner.

3 thoughts on “May I borrow a line?

  1. Great job on your version of a mentor text! SOLC comments are a way of conferring daily… 🙂 I am all in favor of mentor texts. I need lots of good examples to help my creative writing juices flow. Thanks for introducing me to the website your provided!


  2. You are write that we can always learn form others, to use mentor texts and try out some craft moves. Lucky you to attend Carl Anderson conference.


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