ERIC Number: ED263562
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
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)
Descriptors: Child Development, Childrens Literature, Creative Writing, Integrated Activities, Integrated Curriculum, Language Acquisition, Language Processing, Linguistic Competence, Linguistic Performance, Sentence Combining, Writing Improvement, Writing Instruction, Writing Processes, Writing Skills, Written Language
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: 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).