The other day I was doing a writing workshop with fifth graders.
We were on the final day and the students were reading a paragraph of their chapters out loud to the class.
I always like to stand behind them so I can see their papers while they read. (I know it probably annoys the heck out of them, but, hey, I'm the boss, right?)
A rather shy boy was reading a paragraph of a biography of his grandfather.
I could tell this boy struggled a bit with writing, but he had really listened during the workshop and had tried to use some of the techniques we had discussed.
When he was reading a sentence that was a description of his grandfather as a young boy, what he read out loud was that his grandfather had "blue eyes."
What he had written on the paper was that his grandfather had "ocean blue eyes."
I found it fascinating that he had omitted the word "ocean" when he read out loud.
Now, I'm no psychiatrist or anything, but I think that he was embarrassed to read what he might have considered to be "pretty" writing.
(Dare I go out on a limb and say "girly" writing?")
Hmmmm, I wonder.