CST Writing Exam…Wherefore art thou, Spirit of Literacy?

Very fun to draw.  The last panel is my favorite.

Very fun to draw. The last panel is my favorite.

As this week goes on, the CST Writing Exam continues to rule Seventh Grade thought. Despite the massive amount of writing, and clever prompts (right now we are in the middle of business letters to the World Wildlife Fund) my students still seem profoundly dependent upon adult approval to move on with writing.

“Can I start a sentence with…”

“Is this a good topic sentence…?”

…and so forth. In one week, they have no ability to ask such questions, but many are still very reliant upon the crutch. To some extent, Urban Time’s mentoring support is to blame, to some extent, the lack of massive writing experience in a longer term format…for which I blame Pledge LA and the Edumentals. Regardless of the causation, I still don’t have the spark that will turn Skully into the Ghost Writer, infuse him with the Spirit of Literacy, and get things moving at the aggressive pace the exam demands.

I have hope for a milestone tomorrow. It’s like they ar on the verge of become writers, and just need a push of confidence. Which our hero is trying to give, most forcefully, in the final panel…

A panel I liked so much that I did it in color. Skully’s unlit skull head is a cool coloring challenge.

I think I need to make a keychain for my class key out of this image.  It's awesome.  At first, I was going to leave the text in, but it sells itself without.

I think I need to make a keychain for my class key out of this image. It’s awesome. At first, I was going to leave the text in, but it sells itself without.

And because a week ago or so I mentioned the Adam West style Dutch angle…

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What happened to the Mathlete? Will the CST Writing Exam Be dealt with? Be back for the answers to this, Seussfest, and Black History Month! Excelsior!

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