ERIC Number: ED347561
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Expanding Writing Opportunities for Elementary School Children and Assisting Teachers' Knowledge of the Writing Process.
A practicum was designed to place the teaching of writing as a high priority in an elementary school; allow children more opportunities to share their writing; and assist teachers in their knowledge of teaching writing, especially through the writing process. Children's writing was given high visibility through the use of monthly "young authors" displays, encouragement of classroom and hallway displays, and two editions of a literary magazine. In addition, a publishing center was set up for fourth graders, an after-school writer's club was formed for third and fourth graders, a young author's picnic was held at the end of the year, and a prize-winning teenage author spent half a day in the school giving assemblies and working with students. Teachers were assisted through a district-sponsored graduate course in the teaching of writing plus periodic articles and "idea sheets" that were circulated. Results indicated a higher priority for writing in the school. Teachers saw children's pride when their efforts were displayed and "published" in a literary magazine or in book form. The visiting teenage author was inspiring to both children and adults while the public celebration of the writing efforts was enjoyed by the entire school community. (Four tables of data are included; teachers' needs assessment, questionnaires, a newspaper announcement, announcements and title pages for the literary magazine, and a sample announcement for the writing club are attached.) (91 references) (RS)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Class Activities, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Inservice Teacher Education, Process Approach (Writing), Recognition (Achievement), Student Attitudes, Student Publications, Teacher Improvement, Writing Attitudes, Writing for Publication, Writing Instruction, Writing Processes
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Childrens Writing
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.