ERIC Number: ED450894
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Writing It Right? Children Writing 3-8. Early Education Support Series.
Hughes, Anne; Ellis, Sue
Addressed to early childhood educators in Scotland, this guide shows how adults working in preschool and early primary school settings can maximize children's interest, knowledge, and skills in writing, and actively foster the disposition to be a writer. Following an introduction, the guide is presented in four parts. Part 1, "Teaching Writing 3-8," focuses on the role of preschool and primary school environments in promoting emergent literacy, makes suggestions for nourishing children's enthusiasm for writing, and examines the importance of a responsive curriculum for fostering interest in print and literacy. Part 2, "Print and Forming Letters," concerns what children need to learn, what they see as important, and what they understand about letter writing. This part also presents suggestions for identifying children's current level of understanding, modeling print and letter formation, and incorporating mistakes as part of the learning process. Part 3, "Writing Is Important," focuses on the importance of learning the functions of writing, the role of the family in early writing, and what educators need to know and do regarding the intentions, formats, and functions of writing. Suggestions are offered for providing writing opportunities and for supporting children as writers. Part 4, "Stories," discusses how a story telling environment enhances early writing, the characteristics of children's early stories, how adults can prompt children's stories, how they can teach children to write stories, and the role of writing as a social and personal activity. The guide includes numerous examples from practice and questions for reflection. Contains a list of 12 references and suggested readings. (KB)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Emergent Literacy, Foreign Countries, Handwriting, Letters (Alphabet), Parent Role, Story Telling, Student Attitudes, Student Interests, Student Motivation, Writing Instruction, Young Children
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Learning and Teaching Scotland, Dundee.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)