Eighth graders at East-Northport Middle School welcomed renowned author
Todd Strasser to their auditorium on Jan. 30 to speak about the
importance of writing well even though many of the students admitted
that they were not interested in perusing a career as an author.
Mr. Strasser explained that the ability to read and write well is not
only a core component of good grades in middle school, high school and
beyond, but also dictates how we communicate with others.
For the students to become the best readers and writers, Mr. Strasser
explained the writing process that he used to write his books, “Help,
I’m Trapped in my Principal’s Body,” and “Fallout” – a recollection of
his experiences as a child during the Cold War. The process includes
pre-writing, or brainstorming, writing, revising, editing and
Mr. Strasser also advised the students to write about things they know,
expand upon that with research, start with a problem and try to come up
with a solution. ‘I’m here to inspire you all to become the best readers
and writers in your lives,” he said.