ERIC Number: ED315222
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-8
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy--The Challenge of the Twenty-First Century: A Rural Perspective and A Rural Community Adopts a Literature Based Language Arts Program.
Feick, Terry; And Others
Children from rural backgrounds often struggle with the unfamiliar language and settings in basal reader selections, but the rich knowledge and experience that a rural child brings to the classroom is rarely reflected there. These papers describe a literature based program developed in the Washington Court House City Schools (Ohio) to teach education classes (grades K-12), to think, read, write, speak and listen. Teachers and students read aloud in kindergarten and first grade six to eight times per day and this practice of reading aloud to students continues K-12. Nursery rhymes, poems, songs are written on large charts and the familiar patterns are rehearsed. Daily journals are kept in all grades. Beginning stories and journals are often picture representations and scribble writing, but these fade and writing appears. Spelling is taught under the same non-threatening conditions. Inventive spelling is encouraged. Patterns of correct spelling improve with language experience, not through memorization. Mechanics, usage, and grammar are modeled; teachable moments occur when a child experiences a need for a specific form. Editing skills are developed by conferencing with teachers and peers. High school teachers report improvement in student writing skills. They continue the program using paperback novels and historical novels. This paper contains charts describing the course of study and 30 references. (DHP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: In: Education and the Changing Rural Community: Anticipating the 21st Century. Proceedings of the 1989 ACRES/NRSSC Symposium. See RC 017 257. Charts have small type; some pages have faint dot matrix type.