Hi gang, instead of the usual picture book teaching review, I decided to make a video about the Common Core Standards for both FICTION and NON-FICTION writers (and teachers). The Standards are part of a long line of interventions trying to make educational systems more accountable, and more consistent to better prepare students for future success (which mostly seem to be defined here for going to college and getting a job). I have very mixed feelings about Standards and the ways that they seem to minimize the importance of the arts and creativity for future success (which I define as having a meaningful personal/civic life along with financial well-being) and the ways that they seem to ignore very diverse aptitudes, such as those for kids who are more mechanically oriented or artistically inclined (whatever happened to the Multiple Intelligences approach?).
Based on what I'm hearing in forums and conferences, editors and agents are looking for stories that connect with the Standards to increase their marketability. So without further ado, here are my suggestions for using them as a tool and how not to be intimidated by them :)
PS If you like this video, please take 20 seconds and FB like and share with your friends :)
3/20/2018 01:44:58 am
I appreciate the fact that you even made a video of your presentation! Aspirants will be so much thankful to you because it is a great help for them! By the way, there's a huge difference between writing a fiction and non-fiction stories. Actually, these differences should be noticed because it makes the stories even more unique! I'll be taking all these advices seriously so that I can be successful someday! I want to be a writer of fictional stories!
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