ERIC Number: ED284206
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
On Writing Expectations K-3.
Fiderer, Adele; And Others
Intended for parents and teachers who are interested in the approximate level at which their primary school-age children should be writing, this document describes the type of writing children at each age can produce and how they go about producing it. An introduction makes this point and offers a set of writing process terms to describe compositions written in the writing process method: (1) rehearsing; (2) drafting; (3) conferring; (4) revising; (5) editing; and (6) publishing. It then provides an overview of the paper and explains the "invented spelling" used in the paper. Four sections follow, labeled "Kindergarten,""First Grade,""Second Grade," and "Third Grade." The sections describe the characteristics of student writing at each grade level and students' attitudes toward composing, the appearance of the product, developmental problems exhibited by each grade level, the students' writing processes, and appropriate levels of expectations for each grade. Each section also offer samples of student work. In the "Kindergarten" section it is noted that students often use drawings as a springboard for writing. In the "First Grade" and "Second Grade" sections students are described as enthusiastic about writing, and it is noted that drawings take up less room than in earlier compositions. The third grade section notes that students' work generally loses its "voice" and becomes lifeless as children become more interested in appearance, order, and mechanical correctness. (JC)
Descriptors: Child Language, Childhood Attitudes, Childrens Art, Creative Writing, Descriptive Writing, Developmental Stages, Freehand Drawing, Language Acquisition, Learning Processes, Primary Education, Writing Evaluation, Writing Improvement, Writing Instruction, Writing Processes, Writing Readiness, Writing Research
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Parents; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Scarsdale Union Free School District 1, NY.