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How Reading Changes Writing: SOL 17

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Reading changes us. Not just our thinking but our writing as well. They are inextricably linked. I have lifted some lines from other slicer's posts to show how you can tell when people are readers. Their language speaks volumes.

I would add carefully to my collections. Jars and jars of sea glass.  Bowls of smooth stones. Shells, bones and wood that caught my eye.If I lived in a house by the sea. (Carrie Gelson-There's A Book for That)
The real lesson for literature is Allegory (a term none were familiar with) and history (The Cold War) but any reason to bring out a Dr. Seuss book is fine by me. Not many have had The Butter Battle Book read to them (a few had watched the video version at some point) and I made sure my reading style projected both the absurdity of the tale (butter? bread? Yooks? Zooks?) with the sharp political commentary of the Cold War’s nuclear arms race. (Kevin Hodsdon-Kevin's Meandering Mind)
I take her small kindness into my hand and wonder about the river bank the stone lived in before, a place where violent waves smoothed rock. 
I wonder about the larger truth: Can violence smooth outthe edges and leave behind kind? (Margaret Simon-Reflections on the Teche)
When we read, we let the words and the voice and the flow become ours in a way that no one else does. When we write, we share who that is. 


  1. What we read, and how we make those selections, is so important. That's one of the many roles of teachers -- exposing students to texts that might be outside the realm of comfort, while still pushing their thinking and providing solace and grace.
    PS -- thanks for sharing one of my lines in your post. A nice start to my day ...

  2. It is getting close to time for me to write a found poem from slices. Thanks for adding my lines to your page today.

  3. Reading makes one a better writer, and writing makes one a better reader--a lovely, unending circle.

  4. Ah, wow! So honoured to be mentioned here. Means a lot. Those last two sentences of your post are so beautiful.

  5. Inextricably linked - so true. I love the way you've used these lines to make your point.

  6. What a delightful post. Loved the ending..."When we read, we let the words and the voice and the flow become ours in a way that no one else does. When we write, we share who that is."


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