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ERIC Number: ED255044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
"Michael Jackson y Otros Cuentos": An Approach to Literacy Development for Bilingual Children.
Brisk, Maria Estela
A program in which Spanish-speaking first grade children were encouraged to write stories about subjects of interest to them, using microcomputers and composing a personal storybook, has the advantages of using little-used computers, providing a link between oral and written language, encouraging creativity in students often perceived as learning disabled, and providing a product for students to be proud of. The example used is the creation of the little collection of children's writings called "Michael Jackson y Otros Cuentos" (i.e., Michael Jackson and other stories). The children were familiarized with the computers and a standard word processing program and were asked to compose a story about a favorite or interesting subject. The stories were printed out and copies given to each child for editing in class. The edited versions were then copied, made into books, and illustrated by the students. Two undergraduate student teachers provided enthusiasm, bilingual skills, lack of fear of computers, and creativity. Alternative computer-based class activities included question-and-answer communication between visitors and students, copying from storybooks, and playwriting. As the students progressed, their skill needs changed, and the teacher/facilitator role also changed. Results after three months included improved student self-concept as learners, more active participation in and initiation of learning, and improved attitudes toward writing. The children also began to read for meaning and ask questions about language, developing a sense of text and audience. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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