Article: The Yellow Test

The New York Times has a series of articles titled "Draft." These are a series about the art and craft of writing. The recent article "The Yellow Test" addresses nonfiction writing - an excerpt to highlight the value of this article: "Almost all creative nonfiction, essays or books, are, fundamentally, collections of small stories — or scenes — that together make one big story." The author continues and explains "the exercise I assign my students: “The Yellow Test.” You pick up a book by your favorite nonfiction writer or leaf through a best seller that made a big impact. Take a yellow highlighter and color in the scenes — that is, the places with characters and action, where things happen. I promise: You will find you have highlighted a major portion of the text." 

This is a great article to read for social studies and language arts teachers - check out "The Yellow Test."

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