We may be too literal when we think about what it means to be a good writer, Forbes reports. Especially when it comes to teaching children, we get caught up in structure, grammar, and syntax–these are parts of writing for which we can build standardized tests. Yes, these are components of the written language system, but the real skill is not the ability to understand the system (unless you’re a linguist). Rather, it is the ability to use the system effectively within a situated reality. Essentially, writing is a process of representing experience within the confines of a complex meaning...

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