In the age of technology, writing skills might not seem that important since many software programs automatically edit grammar, spelling and sentence structure mistakes. However, students will eventually need to write for themselves as high school, college or graduate students, and as professionals in the workplace. Without writing skills, students can't compose effective emails, draft letters, write reports or create resumes.
Effective writing skills help students express their ideas clearly and proficiently. According to Katherine Bergeron, Dean of College at Brown University, writing helps students explore topics, develop healthy thought processes, create persuasive arguments and communicate effectively. Verbal expression is often spontaneous, but written words allow students to ponder ideas and express thoughts. Writing skills also help students organize their thoughts into well-defined, coherent explanations. A strong writer communicates with purpose.
Most high school, college and graduate students are required to submit book reports, research papers, term papers, essays or theses, depending on their academic level, degree or course requirements. Teachers expect students to produce well-constructed papers with introductions, conclusions and supportive details. Sentence fragments, run-on sentences, jumbled ideas, disorganized thoughts and poor grammar often result in low writing scores. Standardized tests, such as the SAT, ACT with Writing and the GED require students to write essays.
According to Aims Community College, writing is an important skill in almost every career field or industry because nearly all professions require some form of writing on the job. For example, physical therapists must write reports and document patient symptoms even though most of their job is hands-on. Daycare teachers must create lesson plans and communicate in writing with parents although most of their job consists of active play and verbal instruction.
Writing gives a student the opportunity to explore her creative side. Writing skills help students create original song lyrics, express their feelings through poetry, write love letters, develop fictional story plots, create interesting characters, communicate with friends and family, and express their inner thoughts. Students often find personal satisfaction in their ability to communicate clearly and effectively using the written word.
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