Finding Macy’s Voice by Lakita Wilson

When I was in the sixth grade, my class had a special Language Arts unit called, Writing Workshop. It was incredible. At eleven and twelve years old, we were given forty-five minutes a day to just—write. I know some writers, who don’t even get that much free time to sit with their words!

After this free-writing period, my Language Arts teacher, Ms. Chaimson, showcased student pages on a device that may or may not have been an overhead projector, and we workshopped each other’s pieces, as a class. Ms. Chaimson passages, and students were encouraged to read to give critical feedback.