I am participating in the Two Writing Teachers Annual March Slice of Life Story Challenge.
Do you ever wonder if the way you hear something read aloud is the same way in which the writer intended for it to be heard?
Today after our quick write time, I had a few students who wanted their writing shared, but they did not want to read it themselves. I always offer to read their beautiful words, but I often wonder if I read them the way the "right" way.
As I read one student's words, I could tell he was watching me intently. After class, he told me that hearing me read his words created a different feeling than what he imagined as he wrote them. He said I emphasized different words, and he liked it better that way.
Another student read her own work aloud. As I was listening, I pictured this written in verse. I asked her about it, and she said, no, it was just a paragraph. Her writing had a cadence to it that begged to written in verse. I encouraged her to revise it, and afterwards, she was beaming. She knew this piece had a much deeper meaning and a different mood after it was written in verse. Today, I share Alice's quick write on the random word, "right." Again, this is writing produced in six minutes with only the revision of the line breaks.
The right thing to do, right?
Left or right?
Right, the right way to go
Shimmering in the light
What is the right thing to do?
Sink or swim?
Leap or fall?
Leaving, was it the right thing to do?
I turn back, looking toward home
I was wrong.