ERIC Number: ED303939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: 0
Curriculum Guide: The Basics of Writing.
Ports, Kim; Mills, Carol J.
This curriculum guide is designed to aid in the planning and execution of a writing course for verbally gifted elementary school students. The course is designed for students ranging in age from 8-11 years whose verbal reasoning skills are at least 3 years above grade level. The course instructs students in the fundamentals of communication through descriptive, narrative, and expository writing. The emphasis is on thinking and writing as an interrelated process which involves both skill and conceptual development. Students practice standard grammar, mechanical skills, and sentence, paragraph, and essay structure and development. Students are also challenged to expand their ability to think creatively and logically, and to begin to develop their own original voice and style. Classtime is comprised of discussions of student and professional essays, skill exercises, short creative writing assignments, and thinking games. Students write personal, nonfiction compositions and prepare for classwork at home. Writing workshops are designed to develop students' critical reading and writing skills, by having the class actively discuss and critique student essays. The curriculum guide contains an annotated bibliography of recommended texts, a sample reading list, sample assignments, sample exercises, and samples of student writing projects. (JDD)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Creative Writing, Curriculum Design, Descriptive Writing, Elementary Education, Expository Writing, Gifted, Narration, Skill Development, Teaching Methods, Writing (Composition), Writing Exercises, Writing Instruction
Johns Hopkins University, Advising and Advocacy Services, Charles and 34th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for the Advancement of Academically Talented Youth.