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Re: Writing Prompts
Fri Jun 19, 2015 23:34

I 100% agree with you...writing prompts don't allow for flexibility and creativity. I had an English class one semester and my teacher made us write every single class period for 10 minutes but we wrote about whatever we wanted to, it was just to get our creative juices flowing, and it was so great. I really think that free writing is important and I think students enjoy writing more when they can write about things they want to.

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    • Re: Writing Prompts - brownrf, Fri Jun 19 23:34
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      • RE: Writing Prompts - tatem1, Sat Jun 20 14:22
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