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National Day on Writing

posted: 10.20.09 by archived

Today, the NCTE asks us to recognize “the remarkable variety of writing we engage in” by celebrating the National Day on Writing. Congress proclaimed that October 20th, 2009 would

  • celebrate the foundational place of writing in Americans’ personal, professional, and civic lives.
  • point to the importance of writing instruction and practice at every grade level, for every student and in every subject area from preschool through university.
  • emphasize the lifelong process of learning to write and composing for different audiences, purposes, and occasions.
  • recognize the scope and range of writing done by the American people and others.
  • honor the use of the full range of media for composing.
  • encourage Americans to write and enjoy and learn from the writing of others. (see more at “About the National Day on Writing“)

To give life to this celebration, the National Gallery of Writing–a national, digital archive of composition–opens its virtual doors today. The NCTE and its partners have already collected and posted submissions in their galleries that writers can use as inspiration. The Bedford/St. Martin’s Writers’ Room features thoughtful (and fun!) responses to the questions: What’s in the room where you write, and what does it say about you?

Visit the Gallery today and in the coming months to add your voice and to see how important writing is nationwide, especially as technology makes tools for digital composition more widely available. Start a gallery with your students to encourage them to explore and discover how they compose every day—inside and outside of the classroom.

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