A few days ago I went to English class with my son on Parent’s Day. The students were learning how to write descriptive essays and the kids had prepared lessons to share with their parents. It has been awhile (as in years) since I had been to school and I was hoping I had retained some of what I had learned. The teacher asked the class to describe the steps for creating a descriptive essay, including and not limited to the opening sentence, body (at least five sentences!) and closure. Lots of hands went up and everyone participated in the topic. The teacher made a point of saying that writing “I think..” should not be part of the narrative because the writer obviously is writing what her or she is thinking. The class took turns reading their essays and critiquing their work. No one said “I think,” instead they came up with very creative alternatives.
This got me to thinking, I wonder how many times I have written “I think” or maybe ” I love” or “I believe” in this blog over the past year? I am not going to go back and look (I hate to think..,) but go forward thinking more about how I deliver my thoughts and making it more descriptive.
Thank you Mrs. K for teaching me this lesson, I hope I got it right! Turns out we can always learn something new or be reminded of something forgotten.