Coalesce is a beautiful word. It means: to grow together; to unite into a whole. This word combines the prefix “co”, which means “together”, with the Latin verb alescere, meaning “to grow”. There you have it. Grow together. Combine. Unite. Fuse. When students reach high school, it’s time to put all they have learned about reading and writing and thinking to task. It is time to coalesce.
That’s what high school language arts is all about.
Use a pencil!
First things first. We recommend all journalling and rough drafts be composed by hand with a pencil. Yes, even in high school. Especially in high school! The pencil is s technology that is much better suited to the art of writing because it is less passive than keyboarding and therefore creates a stronger connection to the processes we use when creating an idea. At this level, students should, of course, be typing final, polished drafts of their essay, but the pencil is primary!
Writing is not meant to be brought into shape simply as an exercise on paper, given a mark, then crumpled and tossed to a trash bin! Writing is an idea whose purpose is to be shared. When a high school student composes an essay and moves it to a polished state, its purpose is to be read. Think of publishing, at the individual level, as a beautiful final draft of an original idea. Share this idea with friends, with family. Share the idea via snail mail or electronically. Look for opportunity to get your idea in print! The goal is to find readers.
Jump into your idea!
YOU are ready! High school is the time to take the plunge. So confidently dive into a novel and come out the other side with an original idea to share with the world…
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