Language Learning is a complex process which includes four inter-related areas: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. In recent years it has become increasingly clear that artificial separations of the language arts interfere with effective learning and full development of thinking and communication skills. When students work actively with ideas, moving back and forth between reading, writing, listening, and speaking, the learning that results is much richer and deeper.
Students have opportunities to choose writing topics and genres. They make choices about revisions and publication. Similarly students have some choice in reading material and the manner in which they choose to share this information. These options are key to a process which engenders student responsibility, accountability, and eventual empowerment.