High School Seniors – Can You Write???
by William Jackson, M.Edu.
Edward Waters College
Colleges and universities will assume their new
freshman class will have certain skills, reading,
comprehension, mathematics and writing skills.
If these skills are not up to par then students will
be faced with academic challenges. This is why
many HBCU’s have remedial classes that cover
the diversity of weak or absent skills that either
we’re not taught in high school or that students
did not think they would need and did not apply
themselves in high school.
The ability to write cannot be taken lightly, proper
writing skill demonstrates the ability to understand
how to form words, words into sentences,
sentences into paragraphs and paragraphs into
levels of comprehensive understanding to be
mentally digested by the reader. In other words
can someone read and understand the words
that are coming from your mind to your hands?
The skill of putting words to paper or in a
computer word processor has to be practiced
and relevant if youth, teens and young adults
are to write effectively.
Guidance counselors should be advising their
junior and senior students about the necessity
for writing, to increase abilities to send in writing
samples for internships and higher education
Juniors/Seniors need to know how to write to
complete employment applications and ACT
and SAT writing sections. There are changes
in ACT and SAT requirements, students
still should take the writing portions of these tests.
Writing for some is a growing passion and a
desire to create original content in diverse formats.
The use of tech allows for using different types of
technologies that involve different kinds of writing;
Micro-blogging (Twitter), Digital Storytelling, Poetry
and the traditional blogging platforms. The action
of writing/blogging is paramount in telling a story,
sharing information and expressing ideas. Even
when developing a rapping style writing down the
rhythmic words help develop a style, cadence and
method to tell a story.
When in business, a business plan must be written
down for clarity in the direction of that business.
High school juniors and seniors should be practicing
writing in English classes and at home that are
preparing them for the future and their potential careers.
“Content creation” as is called in the digital world;
is important in any print media whether it is
newspapers or the diversity of blogging.
When a youth/teen begins to write there are several
elements that must be addressed; writing is the
primary basis upon which they will work. Students’
intellect and intelligence (there is a difference between
each) will be judged and scrutinized in high school, in
college, and in the workplace. Proper writing skill is a
growing tool and important to develop, students cannot
write like they talk.
I was not always a strong writer in high school and
college, but I understood that I had to develop my abilities
if I wanted people to take me seriously and consider the
information that I share as valuable when I blog. Today
as a national and international blogger and college professor
it is important that I continue to improve my writing abilities
because I’m a role model and mentor for others that read
my content and use me as a model.
My Educational Technology students in most cases are not
strong writers, how can I help them if I’m not capable in my
craft? Below are tips to help improve writing in Junior and
Seniors in High School.
Tips about Writing for High School
Juniors and Seniors
* Writing expresses who you are as a person, it shares
part of you with the world.
* Writing shares and encourages intellectualism, the more
you write the more you learn and you’re thinking changes.
* Writing allows your thinking to be visible to world.
* Writing encourages your ability to pose worthwhile
questions and to improve your academic standing.
* Writing nurtures your ability to embrace higher order
and critical thinking skills.
* Writing encourages creative and innovative thinking.
* Writing helps you perfect your ideas when engaged in
scholarly discussions and research.
* Writing demonstrates your intellectual flexibility and
* Writing ideas down preserves them so that you can
reflect upon them later and apply to future learning
* Writing stimulates your ability to extend your line of
thought to new areas.
* Writing helps you understand the importance and
value of truth and value in literacy.
* Writing helps build comprehension skills.
* Writing improves communication skills.
* Writing preserves a reality that may be
transformative before its time.
* Writing is an essential employment skill that
employers will look to.
* Writing is important in scholarly growth not just in
higher education but in all disciplines.
The ability to write is a dynamic skill that is needed
in all paces of careers, writing is a formal way of
communication because even using technology
you have to be able to write.