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“I don’t know what you want me to write.”
I have heard this phrase uttered by my students too many times. I will hear it after fifteen to twenty minutes of breaking down a writing prompt as a class, using their prior knowledge of previous assignments to create an outline for them to follow. Or, sometimes it’s a journal entry asking their opinion on a controversial topic (read: The Super Bowl is being changed into a poetry writing contest; how do you convince the NFL Board this is a terrible mistake?) or offering a quirky scenario that will elicit a creative response (read: You are caller #1 on 99.5FM; how do you convince the DJ you deserve tickets to your favorite artist’s concert?). And yet still, I hear: “I don’t know what you want me to write.”