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ERIC Number: ED263562
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Enhancing Written Language Development: Is It Possible?
Gasser, Judith G.
Reflecting interest in children's language development, including an increased emphasis on written language production, this paper contains a review of research, some assumptions about children's language development, and a list of objectives for a combined literature and writing program for above-average students at the intermediate level. The research reviewed in the paper led to the following assumptions: that a sequential development in syntactic maturity is reflected in language usage; that by the age of eight a greater variety in the use of verbs and sentences is possible; that children's uses of sentence types and sentence structure patterns reflect the type of texts they read; and that children's literature serves as a model for developing more creative and grammatically interesting writing. The paper then lists eight activities for stimulating written language development, some of which include utilizing award-winning books, sentence combining lessons, creative writing, an introduction to a variety of literary forms, a review of the elements of expository writing, and a variety of publishing techniques to display and share the children's work. References containing teaching suggestions and a list of children's books are appended. (EL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading and Language Arts Educators' Conference (1st, Kansas City, MO, September 26-28, 1984).