• We all have the right to write. Anything we can say, we can write.
  • We all can write well if we are emotionally involved in our topic and our purpose. We find our voices there. Writing is learning and discovering. It develops best in real-life situations, with the instructor intervening in the writing process.
  • We learn to read by having written. We learn from our experiences, including experiences with oral and written texts. We should expose ourselves to many texts, and often do free-choice reading.
  • We learn best in collaborative, diverse, and supportive communities. We all learn in our own ways, and our home cultures affect how we interpret our experiences.
  • Moving through the writing process can produce powerful writing. We gain more ownership over our writing if we master the writing process.
  • Writing is a strong tool for developing critical thinking. Challenging our thinking as we write in collaborative settings, develops academic language proficiency.
  • We teach equitably:  not less, but more to the poor. We recognize our children's home communities and ancestral cultures as our educational partners.
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Jacqueline Leigh

The road is hot.  It unfurls
riddled with rain-grooves.  Our tires
seek the high road,
the fine path
and again
and again
we round curves to find a great
dome looming there
its gray made ghostly from
subterranean cold or just
from size and from being so


But some are not.

Some domes are thatch along this
road, curved pyramids of frond,
dark gray mats stretching from spires
straight to ground almost

as if seeking,
or themselves being,


© 2011 Jacqueline Leigh



SELI conducted a process writing workshop with the staff at Health Poverty Action:



Raindrops in March on

a white dusty Hilux makes

buttercup designs.

(Bridgetta Amoateng)

A calm, beautiful

sea. People love swimming but

it is so risky.

(Mabel Kuteh)


Green pear tree gives shade;

garbage bags underneath it

enjoy cool air there.

(Abu Talib Deen)


Generator room.

Old leaves on the roof scattered,

but costly machine.

(Lucinda Musa)


Atlantic Ocean,

calm and lazy afar but

boisterous up close.

(Bridgetta Amoateng)


Big pear tree standing

will not give us fruit to eat

so we'll cut it down.

(Saidu Thoronka)


Air conditioner.

Makes some people live happy;

it's cold in the office.

(Abu Conteh)


Mobile companies

bring hope to Mama Salone,

a Sugar Daddy.

(Regina Bash-Taqi)


Lively birds playing

and singing in the garden.

A lizard joins them.

(Abu Talib Deen)


A coconut tree

is trying to reach the roof

but it is too dry.

(Abu Conteh)


The woman fried stone

but the birds want to drink tea

and they are laughing.

(Helen Bangura)


Last Updated on Thursday, 16 June 2011 18:07
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