post on Carol J. Alexander's blog about using a Top Five list to help get kids to write. I encourage parents to have a "Top Five Day" to build thinking and writing skills.
Students make a Top Five list on various topics, such as favorite foods, books, or movies, or a list like things not to do at a restaurant or when driving. Depending on students' ages, they can survey friends and family, compile, and compare and contrast the results.
It made me think (I know, seriously, what doesn't make a writer think?) about how a Top Five list might boost our writing. It could help with anything from goals to ideas, clarify a book's vision or structure that troublesome essay.
A Top Five list might generate an article on what new grads must know as they look for jobs, or which points to share in an article's sidebar. It might spark inspiration for a query, booklet, blog post, or speech you must share at the next writer's group meeting.
I've found it helpful to make a list (of any size) to gain clarity. It often clears out the clutter and brings the main point in focus. Do lists help you focus and stay on task?
This Week's Top Five Notable Points :)
If you'd like to read the original Top Five post on Carol's J. Alexander's blog, click here.
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