*The Power of Words “Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down. Children are demanding. They are the most attentive, curious, eager, sensitive, quick and generally congenial readers on earth. They accept, almost without question, anything you present them with, as long as it is presented honestly, fearlessly and clearly. Some writers for children deliberately avoid using words they think a child doesn’t know.
This emasculates the prose and, I suspect, bores the reader. Children are game for anything. I throw them hard words, and they backhand them over the net. They love words that give them a hard time, provided they are in a context that absorbs their attention.”In the spirit of E.B. White:
E.B. White, American Writer, 1899–1985Targeting a Rich VocabularyFor a context that builds students’ appreciation & skill with the power of words, please enjoyOration: language arts at its best