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See-saw; Read-Write

on December 29, 2015

Guess we’re almost into 2016.  Three more days and it’s time to write a new ending to our dates.  2016, 2016, 2016. Oh yah, 2016.

I hope the new year brings more literacy enlightenment.  I go to schools and conferences and hear expounding pleas and mandates to get everyone reading.  That’s great.  But where’s the other side of literacy.  You know, writing.

Merriam-Webster’s definition is:

noun lit·er·a·cy \ˈli-t(ə-)rə-sē\
the ability to read and write; knowledge that relates to a specified subject

use in a sentence-  His literacy on the Civil War came from reading the text book and was proved when he gave his report.

Reading and writing should be a balanced see-saw.  One part can go up or down, at times, but they are for the same goal.  It doesn’t work if one is always up or always down.

I am for more writing, of course.  I am a writer.  But I wouldn’t be, couldn’t be, without reading.  Reading gives a templet for writing.  When you learn and practice writing you can read better–identifying new words and usages.  I hope educators will not leave this out.  It would be great to have literacy spokespersons speak of both instead of skipping over one of the halves.

Reading and writing go together like ice cream and chocolate–great separate but even better together.  Literally.

 

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One response to “See-saw; Read-Write

  1. Kelly Bennett says:

    Two heaping helpings Please!

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