An interesting quote I found from the article, “A Call for Action: Engaging in Purposeful, Real-World Writing”, was “if we want our students to understand the value writing can play in their lives, maybe we should consider shifting instruction away from strict adherence to the traditional discourses and begin having our students explore the real reasons why writers write” (Gallagher 8).
I think it is important for students to understand why writers write, which is to make a statement. The article mostly focused on teaching students to write a petition, or a persuasive argument, demanding some sort of change. I do think it is important for students to find something they are interested in to write about; however, instead of solely focus it on petitions, they could focus more on creative writing.
When I was reading the article, I was wondering if students would also be able to state an argument or interest through writing a story. There are many authors who state their arguments through works of fiction. I feel as if people do not take creative writing as seriously as they should, even though it is important part of media. Students will read more works of creative writing than petitions, so it might be better to teach students to take their arguments or interests through story-telling. Also, it might be easier to teach younger students to write a story, not saying that younger students cannot write a petition. Writing a petition will also be beneficial for students to learn how to write a persuasive argument, but I don’t want students to think that that is the only way.