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Learning to write well takes time, and many students loath writing assignments- so what can we do in the classroom to make this more enjoyable? There have been a few interesting articles this week addressing this issue, including Teaching to the Text message in this week's New York Times and Coach G's tips in Education Week, talking about assignments that challenge students to respond to prompts in 20 words or less. How do we balance teaching kids to express themselves elaborately and succinctly? When do we want more, and when do we want less? How do you balance these assignments for your students in the classroom? Do you think there's wisdom in teaching students to express themselves well in the length of a text message? Would this be a way to possibly encourage some learners frightened by the prospect of a 500 word essay? What do you think?