What Summer Writing Looks Like in Our House

Teachers, Profs, Parents: Writers Who Care

By Anne Elrod Whitney, Ph.D.

Our summer is getting started, and all around us families are making plans, changing routines, looking back at the just-past school year and thinking in a vague, anticipatory kind of way to the next one. These are the days when saying “I’m going into _th grade” still sounds new and grown-up to the kids who say it.

These are also the days when moms and dads ask me what my kids will be writing this summer. Since I’m a professor of education focusing on writing, the parents in my community know I have opinions on what’s good for kids as writers. They worry, too, about “Summer loss,” in which kids lose skills over the summer which then have to be retaught the following fall.

Here’s what I tell them: summer writing will and should be different from school writing. So much growth…

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