“Words Are Things. . .”

Maya Angelou says, “Words are things.”  She explains that words are tangible things that take up space and inhabit and influence our world and who we are.  Helping student learn to communicate clearly  through writing is more than an academic task. Helping students learn to consciously choose words, use them wisely, and use them to create their intended meaning is one way we empower students to be who they want to be and accomplish what they want to accomplish in their lives. Since we grow up using language, sometimes, it is only in the classroom setting where we and our students learn to. . .

slow down…..and

contemplate … the … gravity … of words.

Watch Maya on YouTube:  Maya Angelou “Words Are Things” 1:06

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  1. I finally had a chance to watch this brief Maya Angelou video and I am so glad that I did. Words are indeed things, and they are also a form of action as American writer Ingrid Bengis said, “For me, words are a form of action, capable of influencing change.” Thank you for sharing this post! It is a powerful reminder that I plan on sharing with students and fellow teachers of writing. Kindness and happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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