Ideas are the heart of the writer's message--which may take any of
several forms: story, argumenet, informational summary and so on. All other traits take their cue from this foundational trait and work in harmony to esnure that the message from writer to reader is clear and intriguing."
As we can see from the quote, this trait encompasses more than just coming up with ideas and helps teachers refocus on all that is involved with what Spandel calls a "foundational trait." On Thursday, we will begin a discussion about where this trait is taught in the writing process as well as how much time should be delegated to this trait.
We will have a great discussion as always and we will keep you posted.