ERIC Number: ED205990
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Writing Bugs Become Reading Bugs.
Spina, Linda; Welhoelter, Dorothy
Even young children can be encouraged to write through the use of individual communication, group discussions, and activities that involve rhythms and music. Such activities create a classroom of children who feel comfortable and happy, who share a rapport with their peers and others throughout the school building, and who feel free to express themselves. In this classroom students come to understand that reading is their "talk and ideas" written down. To be able to write well, the children need to be involved in many prewriting activities that are based on first-hand experiences and enable children to experiment with language. Models of literature must be presented through reading aloud or storytelling. Sentence patterns can be provided in which students substitute their own words. After children have been involved in a variety of writing experiences, they can improve the quality of their writing through writing workshops during which the students edit one another's writing and provide feedback for improving it. The effort results in a published book of the children's writing, which also provides the children with a reason for rewriting. (Writing ideas are suggested throughout the paper.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Journal Writing; Revision (Written Composition)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Missouri State Council of the International Reading Association (14th, Columbia, MO, March 13-14, 1981).