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ERIC Number: ED260439
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 62
Abstractor: N/A
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A Leprechaun in King Arthur's Court: Topic, Theme and Mode in the Writing of First Graders Using Invented Spelling.
Hunt, Barbara Carey
The writing of five consecutive classes of first grade students was analyzed to investigate the selection of topic, theme, and mode in six-year-old children learning to read and write through the use of an invented spelling approach in an open classroom. The writing studied was in the form of 993 "books" (several sheets of paper stapled together, with covers of construction paper) written by 51 children. Case studies of four students, and observations and interviews in the classroom also provided data. The findings showed that children wrote often about holidays, animals, themselves, and school activities. Influences from television and movies were noted in many of their books. Boys wrote often about sports, war, fighting, and catastrophes, while girls wrote more frequently about themselves, their feelings, their families, and friendships. An early progression toward narrative writing was found for both sexes, with a general tendency for children to write more narratives as the first grade year progressed. A general conclusion was that development in early writing involved moving away from the egocentrism of young children. (Samples of student narratives are appended.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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