ERIC Number: ED241917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Bridging the Reading/Writing Gap.
Coley, Joan Develin
Highlighting similarities in the processes of reading and writing can help teachers establish a more unified program allowing students to develop skills that transfer from one process to another. One activity to help students develop reading skills focuses on the "who, what, where, when" types of patterns that recur in sentences and stories. One teacher has developed a "Pac Man" game based on this concept. A second group of activities is built around "The Important Book," by Margaret Wise Brown. The teacher reads the book aloud to students who then discover the pattern that repeats itself on each page. Teachers can also have children reconstruct a cut-apart story as a reading comprehension activity, ultimately using their own stories, to focus the children's attention on the sequential construction of many stories. The use of story maps is another useful tool. Students learn to identify common elements of stories such as setting, problem or conflict, and resolution, after which they can create a story map of the story they intend to write. (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reading Writing Relationship; Story Structure
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Keystone Reading Association (15th, White Haven, PA, October 13-15, 1982).