ERIC Number: ED333341
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May-8
Reference Count: N/A
SMILE: Using Photography To Enhance Reading/Writing Instruction.
Stratton, Beverly D.; Grindler, Martha C.
The Apple/Polaroid Language Experience Approach is an extension of the language experience approach which combines photography (a form of communication) and word processing skills. It is considered a holistic approach because it is based on the whole language model of teaching literacy which develops reading skills naturally through the meaningful, functional use of language. Working with a college tutor, elementary students take some photographs that are then made into a book about themselves. The approach offers something for all students regardless of the mode(s) through which they learn best since all modes are incorporated. Learners use: (1) auditory mode when stories are read aloud and/or when a speech synthesizer is used; (2) the kinesthetic (motor) and tactile (touch) mode when they write and type the stories; and (3) the visual mode with photographs and when they read the stories. Motivation is provided through the use of photographs and word processing via the computer. Comprehension is built-in since the natural language of the learner is used. Children are given an opportunity to share something of importance--themselves. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Childrens Writing
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (36th, Las Vegas, NV, May 6-10, 1991).