ERIC Number: ED273968
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
I Can Teach, They Can Write! Student Teachers and Primary Children Pattern Books as Models for Creative Writing.
To encourage children's creative writing in a classroom setting, student teachers used two types of children's books as models: (1) a traditionally structured picture book in which the story maintains strong development of plot, setting, and characters as in "Peter Rabbit"; and (2) a predictable pattern book that develops a repetitive pattern as in "In a Dark Dark Wood." In both cases, the teacher read the book aloud, discussed the book with the class, and drew a chart on the board illustrating the story grammar. The undergraduates who taught both lessons self-evaluated the pattern book lesson as being more positive and effective than the lesson using a traditionally structured book. The student teachers' preference for the pattern book was the result of positive reactions from the children in terms of creativity and independence in easily writing their own pattern stories. The pattern stories written by the primary children reflected more creative and critical thinking in terms of story development than the stories they wrote in a traditional format. (Examples of the children's stories are appended.) (SRT)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Comparative Analysis, Creative Activities, Creative Teaching, Creative Thinking, Creative Writing, Critical Thinking, Elementary Education, Methods, Models, Prewriting, Primary Education, Reading Aloud to Others, Story Grammar, Student Teachers, Teaching Methods, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northwest Regional Conference of the National Council of Teachers of English (Portland, OR, April 27-29, 1986).