Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Why We Write

Hello My Undaunted 7th Graders!

Today in class we explored some passages from the book Spilling Ink, by Ellen Potter and Anne Mazer, and you each signed the Writer's Permission Slip which allows you to write anything you want within our Creative Writing Journals.

Towards that end, we set up our class Creative Writing Journals, and talked about the process of creativity and how first drafts of writing aren't always great. In fact, often a first draft of what we write is the complete opposite of great, and it's only through revision that our writing grows.

But within that time of creative space--where we let all our ideas out onto the page--we can finds some gems and possibilities.

I loved watching you each set up your journals, as well as tape your permission slips to the inside cover. And great job on your first Quick Write of the year!

Our word of the day today is UNDAUNTED, which means determined, unafraid to move forward. And example of the word in a sentence is: After my car accident, for a while I was NOT undaunted about driving again; but over time, I eventually became undaunted about driving once more!

And for homework tonight, respond to the following question using the "Comments" feature right here on this blog post. (Remember to include your name!)

In your opinion, what is the purpose of writing? WHY DO WE WRITE? 

Peace!

Mr. R

104 comments:

  1. We write because its a way of communicating

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  2. In my opinion, I believe we write to create another pretend life that we wish we could live, or to travel to another world and being able to write the next part of the adventure.

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  3. We write because we want to be passionate about something we want to do. We want to immerse ourselves in the experience of writing. That is my personal opinion.
    -John B.

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  4. The purpose of writing is from your heart and what you feel.

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  5. We write to express opinion, to communicate, to have ideas, and to have people read what we write.

    by Matthew Atwell

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  6. One reason I think we write is because it is away of communicating to other people and things. I also think we write to keep records of things and people......For example you keep record of daily activities by using a schedule.

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  7. We write when we are bored and we write to stay occupied, but in doing so, we express ourselves and therefore understand who we are, what makes us happy, and we use this to persue the American Dream, happiness.

    **Nick**

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    1. American Dream? Why not any other dream? :D

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    2. There are a hundred million books to read and almost infinity to write.
      **Nick T**

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  8. I think people write to let out our emotions and entertain ourselves.

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  9. I think that we write to express what we are feeling. Also to communicate to to many people around the world whether is is many people reading the same thing like a book or to send private messages letters emails and even texting, but they are all forms of private communication through text

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  10. I think we write, because it's a form of communicating with people far away and to keep records of past mistakes so we don't repeat them. Also, writing can be a way to release all of your pent up emotions you hid from your friends and your enemies and to express who you truly are.

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  11. the purpose of writing is to express our feelings and to share that with everyone else if we didn't have writing there would be no books and if there was no books there would be nothing to do and the last purpose of writing is let our opinions come out

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  12. I believe that we write because we put emotions, feelings and stories on paper that we can't say in words.

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  13. I think we write because we can use it to talk to others, for fun or to let something off of your chest, and for our enjoyment. It is something fun that I do when I'm bored in my free time.

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  14. I think that the reason we write is so we can communicate our individual ideas to other people. It is a way to express our feelings in a way other than talking. It is also a way people keep memories of people and things close to them or keep track of their life.

    Vivian Liu

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  15. Why do we write?
    Writing is often considered as a language everybody should know and use. The purpose of writing is to show others your ideas from your head and your heart. People can teach, communicate, and share ideas using words from writing. Our comments are also written- typed from the keyboard. Writing also records the history, and we can determine the future with history. I can't imagine the world without writing...

    Fun fact: Writing actually improves your drawings! :)
    ~Linlin

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  16. Why do we write?
    Writing is often considered as a language everybody should know and use. The purpose of writing is to show others your ideas from your head and your heart. People can teach, communicate, and share ideas using words from writing. Our comments are also written- typed from the keyboard. Writing also records the history, and we can determine the future with history. I can't imagine the world without writing...

    Fun fact: Writing actually improves your drawings! :)
    ~Linlin

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  17. I think that we write because, it enables us to express our feelings, and teach or entertain other people.

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  18. I think we write to express different ideas we have of the world. No matter how much it just seems like action, they always seem to have some meaning, or at least a cause to it. It's also a way to bring out sides of you that under normal circumstances you'd never share, but through a book can be a way to express those emotions or thoughts. They aren't always direct, and they might even seem like a completely normal action, but usually there's some deeper meaning behind it.

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  19. Why do we write?
    Writing is often considered as a language everybody should know and use. The purpose of writing is to show others your ideas from your hand and your heart to the paper. People can teach, communicate, and persuade using words from writing. All of our comments are examples of writing- except that words are typed from the keyboard. Writing also records the history in a way. I really can't imagine the world without writing...

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  20. I think we write for many reasons, some of which I will list. First, I think we write to keep records of important events. Also, I think we write to entertain ourselves and others. Writing is also for communication, and additionally, by putting things you feel strongly about on the page, you can cool down about them, but also sometimes find a solution to what you wrote down.

    Elena

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  21. I believe people write because their emotions, feelings and stories that you can't put in word's.

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  22. I think we write so we can express our emotional needs. For some peiple, writing is the only thing that connects them with other people. For many people like us, we write to keep records and other such things that we think we might forget about. Also, many people rely on writing because they need to contact each other and schedule things.

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  23. I think we write because it shows us how other people feel and act. It will take us on adventures we could never have ourselves and tell us lessons we would never know. We write to express our feelings or to get things of of our minds. We also write to share our feelings with others.

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  24. I think we write for many reasons, we write because you can use it for communication, entertainment, and also to express your emotions and opinions. Also, even if you are just sending a text or an email people use writng everyday for everyday life.

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  25. I think we write to express how we feel and to communicate to others. Also I think that we write to say what we think without other people judging us of what we said.

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  26. I think we write to express ourselves, share ideas, and to, in some cases, keep a track record of history. We also write to vent, like if something has happened to your friends, you can describe what happened in a short story or 6-minute creative writing.

    --Elizabeth Finnigan

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  27. The ice berg is a perfect example of why we write. Many may write purely because the people around them simply don't understand them. I'll refer to this as the "ripple effect".

    This is how I would explain the ripple effect…

    A book, poem, article, novel, (all writing related things) = the "ripple effect".
    The "ripple effect" = more understanding among a wide(r) range of people.

    - Zachary Lee

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  28. I think that we write because we need to share information to other people that aren't right next to us, we write letters to people far away to say hi, we write secrets in journals, people write so that they don't have to memorize all of their information. And so on. We write becaus we need to
    -Allie

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  29. I think we write because we sometimes want to express ourselves through words(as in our emotions and why we feel that way), instead of talking. Writing is a way to tell story's, and to communicate to each other in different ways. Sometimes, from the heart. - Bella Kehoe

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  30. we like to write about many things. we also like to read about many things. one reason we like to read and write is because it entertains us. we like to write because it helps us get our feelings out and can calm us down. we like to read because if we have nothing to do or want to calm down reading usually helps us to calm down.

    - Gia McCabe

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  31. I think we write because we want to express ourselves through words, like our emotions and why we feel that emotion, our just to write a amazing story to share with the world. Or, we like to communicate with each other and just sometimes to write about completely random things (plus from the heart).

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  32. I think that we write to communicate to each other and also to express your feelings. Next, writing is permanent and can be recorded, read many times and at many places at the same time. Lastly, writing doesn't require any technology to read it or write it.

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  33. We write because it is an outlet, an outlet that you can spill your heart into but no one
    per son judge you for. Sometimes that is the only outlet there is, but its not for everyone some people just fear that if someone sees their writing they will tell the whole world. NO ONE wants your personal feelings out their not knowing who will know and what they will think.

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  34. We write so we can get all of those ideas out of our head for new ideas to write down

    ~Ryan

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  35. I think we write because it's a language that people can understand. We also write because it shows emotions that cant be put is to words to speak.
    -Aaryan

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  36. I think we write as way to let our words out on a page. This is how some people like to let there feelings, or emotions out, by writing. We write to benifit our actions, our words, our life.

    Annie Segaloff

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  37. I think we write to express ourselves. it is a way to communicate writing is very important to us.

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  38. I think we write to share feelings and ideas that we can't directly say upfront, ideas that are shared through characters, events, and even nonfiction text to spread knowledge or awareness. We also write for ourselves, so we don't have to be stuck in reality forever, but we can write about things we imagine, and things we wish we could experience. Writing is way to say things that you can't speak, or go to places you can't physically visit. :)))))))))

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  39. I think we write because it's a way of recording our ideas accurately in a way that most people can understand, as opposed to drawing or speaking. It's also a way to communicate with others, whether that be directly or indirectly. Writing can be spread to places all over the world. It can be used to tell stories, talk to people, share ideas, record facts, and so much more.

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  40. I think we write to express the way we feel, and to also to communicate without people judging us.

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  41. I think we write because it's a way of getting our thoughts out of our mind and we can also communicate by writing and we can express our emotions and ourselves, also say you feel angry, you can write your thoughts down and then after writing your thoughts, you feel a lot better.

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  42. we wright to express feeling to to show other people the art of life and how people go through a story and stuff and once appo n a time it also for entertain ment and plesher :) -andrea bradshaw <3

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  43. I think that we write to express something, whether it be our own feelings, events, or even factual information. Even if you're a structured person (as in a person with a structured mind, not necessarily a structured human being), writing is, I think, the only way to express yourself completely creatively in a structured manner.

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  44. I believe we write because its a way to express our feelings, with almost no limits. Also, I believe we write as a way to escape the real world and its pain, to create something "better", and less hurtful. Finally I think we write for fun something to do when there is nothing to do. We write because we want to not because we have to.
    -- Emily Douglas --

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  45. You ask why do we write, but there is no right answer. We all write for many different reasons. Some write to express themselves and their emotions. Others may write to give a message to the readers and other writers. So, in my opinion there is no real "answer" to the question "why do we write"
    ~~Dharma

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  46. Emma Gresco-CaulfieldSeptember 16, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    The purpose of writing is to sometimes entertain or to tell stories and it is also used to inform or persuade other people about your thoughts or ideas.

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  47. I think we write to clear our minds and to let our imagination flow.


    Sebastian Parker

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  48. People have always wanted their voice heard from way back to when we first were plopped onto the Earth. We write because we can't be every where to tell someone something so why not have it written down and the person can get your message while your not actually there.

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  49. we need to write because writing is going to be around us are whole life and that is why we need to wrie

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  50. People have always wanted their voice heard from way back to when we first were plopped onto the Earth. We write because we can't be every where to tell someone something so why not have it written down and the person can get your message while your not actually there.
    -Michelle

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  51. I think that we write to help express our feelings/emotions in another way. We write stories about what has happened in our lives, and all the emotions are expressed in a different way, than when we express them when we talk. We also can express ideas, and facts through writing. Non-fiction books, fantasy, sci-fi (and on and on), are all ways of expressing something; a feeling, emotion, facts, and events.

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  52. We write to show other people a different way to think about something to give a whole new perpose of just a bunch of words.

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  53. i think that we write to express feelings or what has happened in our lives. Also, to just pour out whatever is on our mind and get it out. Its a way to express something without having to say it verbally to a specific person. writing is an enjoyable resource that is very helpful in life.

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  54. I think we write to express ourselves in our own way whether it be a story or our feelings or an event that happened to us, with writing we can express and show how we feel. That's why I think we write.

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  55. I think we write because it's a way to
    express your feelings and thoughts in a different way. Also, it's important because we can get knowledge from it and learn. In addition, writing puts your side of view in a very creative way because it's you who are writing down thoughts. :) :)

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  56. I think we write so we can express ourselves in our own way ,whether it's a story or an event that happened to us, I think we write to express how we are feeling. That's why I think we write.

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  57. William Walling-SotolongoSeptember 16, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    we write for many reasons. sometimes we write to say something in words or express our feelings. Also, we write to communicate, whether while doing homework, Facebook/social media, emailing, writing letters, etc. Further it is usually more grammatically correct and makes it easier to get a point across.
    -William Walling-Sotolongo

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  58. I think we write to get are emotions and thoughts down on paper to easily let all opinions out in the open. As S.E Hinton said it helps her get what she thinks and feels on paper too!
    SJk:) <3

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  59. Writing is important in our lives because it's a creative way of expressing our feelings and emotions. Also, it can give you knowledge in certain ways. In addition, it can be used as entertainment when you're bored :)
    -Timur Sahin not timor

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  60. I think that people write as a way of putting their thoughts into something that other people can always read. Say you make an amazing speech. "Words spoken can only be heard once, whereas words written can be read repeatedly for years and years to come." (by me). Also, when someone has an idea or thought, they can write it down so as not to forget it. Foolproof, right? No wonder writing is so popular. Finally, writing is a way to tell someone something even if you're not near them.

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  61. the purpose of writing is to let our thoughts and feeling out maybe indirectly such as a poem or a novel, or directly as a letter and or a dairy. it is also used to get a message across

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  62. I think that we write to communicate our ideas and thoughts. I also believe we write to express ourselves and to sort out our feelings. Writing is a way for people to show who they are and explain their thoughts when they can't say what they want. While your writing no one is telling you what you can or cannot write about. You're free to write your feelings without fear of judgement and communicate them.

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  63. writing is an easier way to express our feelings!!!! We may just write for just the fun of it... or to just "get something out" if it were to bother you. People also use writing to write to other people cause they don't want to talk in person. Writing is a way of life.

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  64. We write to express ourselves, because there are some things that are easier to say through writing, or there are things that are easier to explain through writing.
    We also write to get our feelings out, onto paper. I usually feel better when I write about something that's on my mind, and that's also a way I solve some of my problems.
    Thrid, we write to spread news and important headlines, like on newspapers. \Without these, word wouldn't travel as fast, and people on one side of the world wouldn't know what was going on in the other continents.
    And fourth, we write to have fun. :)
    -Sarah S

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  65. I think we write because it is a way of expressing our feelings and opinions. A good example is S.E Hinton. She wrote The Outsider because it was something that happened in her school and she thought that specific "groups" are wrong so she wrote it down to express her opinion and feeling.
    :D <3

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  66. I think we write because me might be bored. they might not have anything else to do. people will do things out of boredom. maybe to try to contact someone to check up on a friend.

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  67. I think we write to show what we think

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  68. Marley Ferguson 😆September 16, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    We write to communicate, we write to express the lives we wish we lead, we write because it's fun, we write because we have too and we write even if we don't. We write to say things that you can't say out loud.

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  69. we wright for many reasons to tell people what we bare thinking or to tell someone something. but we also wright because people like Mr. Reynolds tells us that we have to wright - Jason Morin

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  70. i think it is a way to express peoples feelings

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  71. I think that the purpose of writing is to give people entertainment and to show how you are feeling and what you are thinking. If you are feeling bad about something writing about it helps to make you feel better about it.

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  72. In your opinion, what is the purpose of writing? WHY DO WE WRITE?

    Writing, to me, is an easier way to put in to words how you feel, to express how you feel, and allow your mind to just let out all of your thoughts, emotions and ideas. It is also a way to bring out your creativity.
    Writing is a way to relax. It doesn't necessarily have to be about picking and choosing the best words to describe--in some instances, that will come naturally, it's about putting it all down on paper, again, expressing yourself.
    Writing is also a natural part of everyday life. We write letters to faraway friends and family, emails to teachers to ask questions--even this blog-post!
    Writing is important in several aspects of life. It's a way to let all of your thoughts out. It is a way to record events for later reference. It is a way to be creative, and imagine, and jot down your ideas. It is also a simple part of everyday life, we use this method all the time. To me, that's just part of the purpose of writing.
    --Maible D

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  73. Writing allows us to express ourselves and our creativity more and more every time we write! Writing helps to inspire others to read and lets readers know how entertaining and important writing is. If we didn't have writing, our way of humanity would be much different.

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  74. well, at first writing was invented as a way to keep records, and store knowledge. but it soon evolved into a form of entertianment and a learning tool, and a way to tell people things/ send messages,and today we use it all the time for everything.

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  75. well, at first writing was invented as a way to keep records, and store knowledge. but it soon evolved into a form of entertianment and a learning tool, and a way to tell people things/ send messages,and today we use it all the time for everything.

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  76. well, at first writing was invented as a way to keep records, and store knowledge. but it soon evolved into a form of entertianment and a learning tool, and a way to tell people things/ send messages,and today we use it all the time for everything.

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  77. I think that the reason we write is to write about things that don't exist, and to clear our minds about what's happened or what's going to happen, I also agree with Tori

    •Leimalia Tratnyek•

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  78. I think that people write to express themselves, and sometimes to get through hard times. We also write non-fiction to relay knowledge to others. Fiction is written more creatively and lets other people have fun, and be a different person while reading it. People also just write because they like to, like any other hobby.

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  79. we write to get out thoughts and ideas that we wouldn't be able to say. it helps us understand what we are really thinking

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  80. I think we write because if something inspires you, then you can just write something about it. It also expresses thought and feeling, and its sometimes just really fun to write.

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  81. I think we write because we can express our emotions and communicate with others without being verbal.

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  82. I think we write for many reasons. One of which could be if you have lots of pent up emotions inside and you want a way to let them out without having to talk to someone verbaly. Also, maybe you want to express your ideas to the world and writing and selling books for people to read can be a very good way of spreading your ideas and information.

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  83. I think we write for many reasons. One of which could be if we have a lot of pent up emotions and feelings that we want to get out without having to talk to someone verbaly. Also, we could write to share our ideas and information and selling books to people can be a very effective way of spreading ideas.
    -Alex Jorgensen

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  84. I think writing is SO important. It helps us communicate important messages to our classmates or anyone in the world. It also can help you document things... Like our expiriences and our emotions at a certain piont so we never forget that memory.

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  85. Why we write. That's a great question Mr. Reynolds, In my opinion I think that we write as a form of expressing our feelings, opinions, ideas, emotions and much more. For example, in class today when we did the 6 min write, I didn't have a very difficult time because I had a lot of ideas to share.

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  86. I think we write because then we can read. Plus it's a way of conmunicating without speaking to someone directly, so less scary.

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  87. I believe we write as a way of communicating. We communicate our ideas, our thoughts, our stories, ect.

    It is used to entrain, and to inform.

    Writing in general has almost no limits, which is what many, including myself, LOVE about writing. It lets you express yourself without being verbal.

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  88. I think that we write to express our feelings and to show ourselves in a different way. Also, through writing we can find ourselves through out the pages and put our inner self out to the open. -sophie Bartram

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  89. This is why we write, we write so we can read and when we read we learn. We also write so people can communicate. I don't enjoy writing that much but I realize I do it everyday.

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  90. We write to communicate with others and show how the world works

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  91. We write because we communicate with each other. it also helps us express our feelings.

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  92. we write to express what is on our mind without other people judging us just by what we think. we write so we can say whatever whenever.

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  93. we write to express what is on our mind without other people judging us just by what we think. we write so we can say whatever whenever.

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  94. we write to express what is on our mind without other people judging us just by what we think. we write so we can say whatever and whenever.

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  95. we write to say what is on our mind by saying anything. we should be able to say any thing freely

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  96. I think we write as a way of communicating and as a way of recording important events.

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  97. i think we write because it entertaines us and other people reading our stories and books plus some people can learn from reading about someones expicirences and days plus it entertains us in a healthy way

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  98. We write to express ourselves, to let the outside world know what we are thinking on the inside, how we see things, what things mean to us and to pass on our heritage. It is a way to make our mark in the world.

    -Jordan Colon B-Period

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  99. I think writing comes from the mind and everyone can write stories. some stories people write could be famous and they might never know! Writing also expresses feelings. Maybe is someones sad, mad or even happy people will write maybe about their feelings! Some writings have a special meaning or a life lesson but i think writing doesnt come from your pencil, it comes from your heart.

    Peace,
    Rachel Molnar (AKA Fluffyfish1667 is what my name will be for these activities)

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  100. I think we write for various reasons, none of them nessicarily being better than another. Sometimes, we write to express our thoughts and feelings, as negative ones, such as stress, anger, fear, sadness, anxiety, etc sometimes feel better when we write them down. Or is that just me? Also, we write to communicate ideas, spread news and our opinions, like what we're all doing now. Also, with writing that you're going to share, you can double check your phrasing a million times over, wheras we can never erase the words that come out of our mouths, and generally plan those out less. Isn't that funny? Also, people can constantly reference writing, while you can easily forget words and thoughts that don't go down on paper. Remember, regardless if you are writing an idea, opinion, nonfiction, or anything really, make sure you write it down befere you decide it's stupid.

    PS, Sorry this is late!!

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