ERIC Number: ED255917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Children's Literature: An Impetus to Composition.
Stewig, John Warren
Noting that too many children leave elementary school without developing the ability to use words imaginatively, this paper presents a teaching approach that uses literature to foster invention in children's writing. The approach described is part of a total composition program that structures writing experiences in which children observe settings, people, and occurrences and then write about them. The paper first presents a rationale for reading literature aloud to children, then offers six writing techniques that children can explore subsequent to listening to literature read aloud: (1) story retelling, (2) writing alphabet books with a story line, (3) writing a story for a wordless picture book, (4) writing endings for unfinished stories read aloud, (5) writing stories with a plot structure parallel to a story read aloud, and (6) rewriting stories with a different point of view. The paper includes samples of children's use of these techniques. (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Rhetorical Invention; Story Writing; Writing about Literature; Writing Programs
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Texas Joint Council of Teachers of English (20th, Houston, TX, January 31-February 2, 1985).