Last week as I made my commute from the farm to school on a day that I would be teaching a writing lesson, I thought of a metaphor for teaching strategic, organized writing.
While we still have remnants of a teaching era that spoke of formulaic writing like it was sour milk on their upper lip, we have evolved from that era all the wiser.
Our wisdom led me to create a metaphorical anecdote that has resonated nicely, so I thought I would share.
Someone who is a gifted, beautiful dancer will look good dancing no matter what. But put that dance talent to choreography and the results are awe inspiring, professional grade.
Someone who can’t dance at all repulses the observer with the Elaine Bennis-esque movement. Yet choreograph that person’s movement, and it can be nice.
Providing strategies for development does the same for writers. Beautifully gifted writers transcend their talent with organizational choreography, while those less talented can still dance on the stage when their phrasing is well organized by the choreography of strategic development.
Further, those who are exposed to expert choreographical strategies can utilize those strategies in creating their own original compositions. Even the less innately talented can take away strategies with which they have become savvy if not expert through practice and be more beautiful in their expression.