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Why did I learn how to read and write in the first place?

A good way for teachers to (actually) introduce reading and writing to students is by conveying the importance of human communication over time. Writing preserves one’s thoughts and experiences and being able to read it helps take a look into past stories and learn more about life/people/oneself/etc. Because pieces of writing can always be re/read at a given time, someone can always be motivated to react like write something in response to it. Teachers should place more explicit emphasis on the value in exploring other’s written understandings (reading) and reflecting on it/critiquing it (writing) to make students concious of the reason why they are learning how to read and write from the very beginning.

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