When asking a student to create a written statement,
I request that:
Students have a strong point of view and use their voice to state
what that point of view is specifically.
Writers challenge themselves and their peers in and outside of
the class to research their point of view to ensure that it is
educated and intelligent. The teacher and the class will look for
ways to find weak areas in the writer's arguments so that they
know the areas which need more critical thought, research, and
You write clearly from a researched and passionate point of view.
Artists are asked to examine the history of the new object they have made because even though it's new to them, it has a history in its materials, methods, and practices. They are asked to write about this research directly.
Put yourself as the maker of the object into a cultural or historical context and answer the question, where does this object fit into the larger world. Whether you immediately have a place to start in explaining this or not you are directed to look for research which will allow you to formulate an intelligent answer to this.
Students will clearly write about how the research on their topic has affected their opinions or allowed their views have grown to this point.
To explicitly write about how your educated opinion on the subject is alike or different from everything else written about on the topic. I stress here that having a unique opinion on the issue will help set these ideas apart from the others and that that is preferable.
Share the writing assignment with each other or their teacher before handing it in. This allows others to proofread and look to see if their document makes sense.
You are asked to share the writing assignment with family and friends outside of the class. This allows others to proofread and look to see if their document makes sense.
Answer, who is writing. Why are you writing? Do you have an educated point of view on what you are writing about that is true to who you are? What are you adding to the topic you are writing about and how can you summarize this contextually.
Look for flow in the statement you are presenting, Do the sentences create logical links to each other.
Avoid redundancy and make sure that you don’t have two or more sentences that say the same thing, in a slightly different way.
Do not write in a passive voice but rather tell the reader their thoughts directly; this is your educated definition of what you think.
Use less "I’s." The more "I’s" and "my's"you use the more repetitive you sound and the less convinced I am that you have a sound opinion. I ask that students look for more creative ways to write sentences.
Use a thesaurus, so you don’t keep starting the same sentence or paragraphs with the same word or repeatedly use one word.
Finally, I ask that you try not to sound like everyone else.