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You Have to Write

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You have to write! It's a class assignment. But you have nothing to write about. All the other kids seem to have something to tell because they start in right away. What can you do? Stop and think. No one else can tell your stories -- about your family, your dog or cat. No one else can tell how it was when your library book got soaked in the rain.
But what if you don't
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Jan 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: asian-american
Summary: This is a picture book poem written to encourage children to embrace the writing process, even when they feel they don't know what to say. It celebrates the importance of writing about small, everyday moments and experiences.

Response: I started reading this fairly casually, in a mode of "reading to complete an assignment," but as I went along, I was completely taken in by the perfectly natural, almost conversational flow of Janet Wong's poetry. She captures the feelings a writer has and
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
This would be a great thing to include in a writing class or workshop, for people of any age.
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Wong uses verse to motivate young students to write. Her book argues for a sense of urgency in young writers and provides inspiration and practical tips on how to get and keep the writing process started. It would be a great addition to a writing workshop classroom to use in mni-lessons on the steps of the writing process.
Brittany Dalziel
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-poetry
Personal Reaction: I thought that this book was very fun and entertaining. I loved the rhyming and the interesting way that the author teaches children to not worry about what they have to what or be stumped on not knowing what they have to write about throughout the poem. The author also puts in, almost as a side story that doesn't actually rhyme with the rest of the poem, examples of poems to possibly write about. For example, in the story it says "back to when you were six, and five, and four ...more
Anna Korroch
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-poetry
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I thought that this book was a great poem that perfectly describes the frustration of the writing process for many children. Sometimes, the hardest part about writing is just figuring out where to start or what to write about. I think that this poem does a great job at explaining that writing is really about expressing your feeling and what you have seen, you can write about anything. I like that this book is one big poem with little poems inside of it that act as examples of st
Jan 29, 2011 added it
Recommends it for: Elem. teachers introducing writing or topic choosing in the classroom
This is a great book for teachers to use to introduce writing into their classroom especially when the topic is wide open for students to choose. It shows that everyday things can be turned into good writing and everyone really does have something to write about. I think the title is a bad idea - it makes it sound forceful and like you don't have a choice or writing is bad - but the story is good. It even gives a couple tips for editing.
A poem about the process of writing and being inspired to white about what's around you, personal experiences, the everyday, the good and bad. Nicely addresses the obstacles of not having anything to write about, thinking one's life isn't that interesting, and the importance of drafts and rewrites. Multicultural illustrations.
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
A great book to use when teaching writing! My class and I really liked it. It gave us lots of good ideas for writing.
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Janet S. Wong was born in Los Angeles, and grew up in Southern and Northern California. As part of her undergraduate program at UCLA, she spent her junior year in France, studying art history at the Université de Bordeaux. When she returned from France, Janet founded the UCLA Immigrant Children's Art Project, a program focused on teaching refugee children to express themselves through art.

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