Rules to Live By: A Lesson in Argument Writing from Two Young Writers...

Jan 18, 2013 by

I happened to catch a brief segment of The Today Show this morning and couldn’t help thinking about how writing empowers people by giving them a voice—even young people.  The segment was about a Walmart cart pusher finding a notebook that was written by two young girls and then misplaced in the Walmart parking lot.  The young man was so impressed by the notebook that he found a way to locate the authors and return it to them.  The notebook was called “Rules to Live By” and included over 150 rules.  Some of the rules were funny ones like, “Don’t bite the dentist.”  Others were more serious like, “Don’t text and drive at the same time.”  When asked by Matt Lauer how the girls determined which rules to add to the book, they explained...

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