ERIC Number: ED334598
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
Becoming a Nation of Writers: Writing as Literature.
Person, Diane Goetz
Books that remind children and adolescents that writing is fun and that they can be writers not only confirm the reading/writing connection, but also demonstrate that reading can be a springboard to writing. Writing and receiving letters is very exciting to beginning readers, and there are many picture books that provide examples of how to write a letter, what to include, and how a person can organize his/her thoughts. "The Jolly Postman, Or, Other People's Letters" by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, "Frog and Toad Are Friends" by Arnold Lobel, and "Letter to Amy" by Ezra Jack Keats, for example, illustrate some of the purposes of writing with which young children are familiar: to express thanks and appreciation, to issue an invitation, and to express the writer's feelings. Bruce Brooks'"The Moves Make the Man" shows two adolescent boys advocating writing as a worthwhile activity, not something to be confined to school assignments. In this story, the reader is told what "equipment" is needed for writing, and that writing is an effective vehicle for sorting out thoughts, and for telling a story. Other stories such as "Dicey's Song" by Cynthia Voight and "Dear Mr. Henshaw" by Beverly Cleary illustrate that getting a response is another prime reason for writing. And Lois Lowry's "Rabble Starkey" teaches students how to improve their own writing by using a thesaurus. These and other books are good models for reminding students that writing is fun. (PRA)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Childrens Literature, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Letters (Correspondence), Picture Books, Reading Materials, Reading Writing Relationship, Secondary School Students, Student Motivation, Writing Attitudes, Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Writing Development; Writing Models
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (36th, Las Vegas, NV, May 6-10, 1991).