The Life of Bon: Tell me how you really feel

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tell me how you really feel

I recently graded the students' first writing assignment of the year.  The prompt was to tell me what the purpose of reading and writing is in the world, why it's important, what their past experiences with writing have been, etc.  I got some real gems out of the kids.  Here are a few of my favorites: 

    No, he is not really one of my students.  Yes, I wish he was. 
  • "Language Arts makes me feel many ways. I feel that Language arts is boring, it makes me want to fall asleep, I feel like it’s never going to end."
  • "Writing to me is also like cheerios. They might both be good for you but they both are boring and plain. Both Cheerios and writing are for old people. Writing and cheerios taste the same just like paper and cardboard."
  • "It wasn’t easy coming up with our language. People making things like silent letters; come on who thinks of that?"
  • "When I think about American Literature some things come to mind. Like how the Native Americans got screwed."
  • "I think we should do away with writing altogether."

I got to say, though, I agree with the kid about the silent letters.  Those things are tricky little devils!