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ERIC Number: ED355528
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 13
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Distinguishing Relevant and Irrelevant Practices for Teaching Letter Writing in Early Grades.
Vinson, Beth M.
Recent insights on how the brain functions suggest that people learn in holistic contexts, and that the brain does not work well when presented with isolated pieces of knowledge. A lesson for teaching third graders about letter writing illustrates how such insights can be useful in the language arts classroom. The goal of this letter-writing lesson is the spontaneous generation of letters and their use as a communication tool. The lesson begins by using various ways to establish the theme that letters are a means for communicating across a distance. Letter-writing activities in class focus on letters with a real communication purpose for the child, thus giving them personal experience with this tool in a way that touches their personal lives. A display shows a wide variety of letters appropriate for children. The current Alabama Basic Competency Test (BCT) objective number III-1 for language arts, grade 3, is to "recognize the parts of a friendly letter." However, the parts of a letter are meaningful units only to the person who has used letters as a communication tool. Therefore, this BCT objective should be deleted. True assessment of the child's letter writing ability should be done by the teacher and the objective should reflect the child's awareness of and ability to use this authentic communication tool. (SR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Language: English
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