Using journalism to excite students about writing

08/25/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Journalism can excite students about writing by giving them an opportunity to write on topics that interest them, says Esther Wojcicki, a high-school journalism teacher in California. She writes that journalism is a form of project-based learning, and a more exciting alternative to the five-paragraph essay. In her class, Wojcicki assigns personality profiles as a first assignment and allows students to pick their subjects. Her students enjoy it and they learn writing skills at the same time, she writes.

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