ERIC Number: ED344240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Children's Own Stories: A Literature-Based Language Arts Program, Grades K-4.
Zellerbach Family Fund, San Francisco, CA.
Meant to be adapted by the K-4 classroom teacher to best meet the needs of students, this book describes Children's Own Stories, a program in which young children dictate their ideas and thoughts to adults, and develop a sense of community with their peers as they talk together, share their stories, collaborate on stories, and read and enjoy works of literature. The book presents detailed descriptions of the four principles that structure the Children's Own Stories program and suggestions for putting these principles into practice. The first section of the book describes the course content (discussing the four principles, what happens in the classroom, and benefits to the students), and includes a program timeline. The remaining four sections describe in detail the principles of the program: (1) Learning by telling: the dictation process; (2) Learning by collaborating: the group story; (3) Learning by sharing: sharing the writings; and (4) The link to literature. A list of 13 suggested readings and 36 brief biographical sketches of authors are attached. (RS)
Descriptors: Books, Childrens Literature, Class Activities, Cooperative Learning, Elementary Education, Group Activities, Language Arts, Program Descriptions, Story Telling, Teacher Role, Whole Language Approach
San Francisco Study Center, P.O. Box 5646, San Francisco, CA 94101 (orientation and training video available).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Zellerbach Family Fund, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers: Childrens Writing