By Joanna Van Raden on
1/12/2017 7:17 AM
I’ve noticed an increase in “texting” type lingo in student writing. I’m not talking about when students text each other in on the go instant messages, or write short Tweets that are limited in the number of characters that can be used. No, I’m talking about when students write and are publishing their work to a broader audience. Formal writing deserves more than text type language.
As a long time writing teacher, it looked to me like it was a conventions issue at first—not capitalizing “I” when necessary, or misspelling you as u, or are –r, or even for-4. Where do our young writers...