ERIC Number: ED064208
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
A Day Dream I Had at Night and Other Stories: Teaching Children How to Make Their Own Readers.
Landrum, Roger; And Others
The teachers guide explains how original class reading books were made from children's own work for an elementary grade oral literature project in an urban education environment, and presents a collection of these stories. The objective was not to set up scholastic rules for composition but, rather, to concentrate on the natural competency of bilingual children with spoken language. Since children of many races and cultures comprised the two experimental classrooms the intention was to have children express themselves in terms of their cultural heritage, retaining and encouraging the ethnic flavor in a comfortable yet imaginative manner. The teacher hand-wrote stories that children volunteered to tell them, typed the stories, and returned them to the individual students to read. Pronunciation errors and patterns of grammatical errors were noted by the teacher during transcription, making these mistakes gradually evident to the student. Sets of language drills were designed by the teacher to correct these problems. From this project the children gained an enjoyment of literature, a sense of competency with language, and most important, a sense of society within the classroom. A related document is SO 003 126. (SJM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Council on the Arts, New York.
Authoring Institution: Teachers and Writers Collaborative, New York, NY.
Note: Contributions by children from PS1 and PS42 in New York City