ERIC Number: ED181432
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Making Stories, Making Sense. Reading Education Report No. 14.
Three characteristics of school writing activities that may make it difficult for students to learn to write with skill and enthusiasm are identified in this paper. They are: the solitary nature of most writing tasks, a lopsided emphasis on low-level details of text such as grammar and spelling, and the isolation of writing from reading in the classroom. The paper describes a set of educational devices that attempt to change these aspects of writing instruction: the Story Maker, based on the notion of story trees with which children compose stories by making choices among story segments; and the Pre-Fab Story Maker and the Story Maker Maker, which allow children more creative input into the story-making process. These three tools are described both as suggestions to teachers for innovative classroom language activities and as concrete examples of the implications of the theoretical framework developed in the paper. Reaction to the Story Maker from a teacher's perspective and the author's response to that reaction are included. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.