REFLECTIONS ON FORMAT WRITING
In 2 Timothy 3:5 Paul talks about having a form of godliness, but denying its power. Every Spirit-filled Christian would understand the difference between religion and relationship with God. One is dynamic and the other an imitation.
In other arenas, there are other forms that can rob us of the real. One such form that is causing a stir in the home school arena is format writing. It is easy to teach and easy to grade. It seems like a dream come true for our often reluctant writers. But is it?
Format writing is a writing strategy that purports to teach students how to write without the burden of a classical content, of a literary audience, or of a sagacious educational theory. This is in conflict with a more orthodox writing program that teaches writing in the context of purpose and audience.
Format writing is not based on any sound educational theory—affective or cognitive—for a very good reason: because there is no good educational theory that supports format writing!
What is format writing? The following are indicators of format writing:
1. Inevitably format writing emphasizes form over content. Continue Reading →