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ERIC Number: ED395274
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Oct-27
Pages: 18
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The Interdependence of Reading, Writing and Critical Thinking.
Campbell, Patricia
The integration of early reading, writing, and critical thinking skills are crucial to the development of healthy attitudes about writing and literacy in general. A child needs to feel that what he or she says is valuable. For that to happen, children need to begin at a very young age expressing themselves. Writing is an excellent outlet. As soon as children can hold a pencil, have a thought, and distinguish drawing from writing, they should be content writing. Effective writing, however, is dependent on the amount of background knowledge acquired by the writer. Years of exposure in both reading and writing help to develop communication skills. Educators must remember that literacy is grounded in situation--it is not universal. There are many contexts and situations for literacy learning beyond the general academic community. Children should be exposed to a variety of genres within the school setting to inform them of the multitude of situational literacy-learning environments outside the classroom. If a child feels that his or her words are valuable no matter the genre used, that child will feel empowered to make changes and become involved in decision making. In a class taught by Douglas Farough, students experienced empowerment by writing to the minister of natural resources about their views on trophy hunting. (Several reading lesson plans for grade 1 are attached.) (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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