Additionally, Bruce, in saying that "Students emerge so much when you don't give prompts", I mean that students emerge a great deal when they feel they have ownership of their writing. Sometimes teachers give very stringent, specific prompts that don't motivate their entire class to write. It depends on how the teacher presents the prompt, too, because teachers can either read their own examples or "hook" the class with an awesome PowerPoint slide show. I love when I give the prompt about students going on a "haunted" field trip to St. Augustine and I show them a presentation starting with the words "Are you ready?" It spooks them out, and then their pens begin to fly!
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