ERIC Number: ED453510
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Interactive Writing. Classroom Connections.
Henry, Justina; Wiley, Barbara Joan
Council Connections, Win 1999
Interactive writing is a term coined by a research group of faculty members from the Ohio State University and teachers from the Columbus Public Schools. The group examined Moira McKenzie's (1985) work in shared writing and adopted the approach as having power in helping children understand the writing process. They varied the approach with a "share the pen" technique that involved children in contributing individual letters and words to a group meeting. As more and more teachers have tried the technique in their classrooms, they have generated a plethora of questions they want answered. This article aims to address their needs. The article poses and answers the following questions: What is interactive writing? What happens during the interactive writing experience? What do I need to get started? Why do capital letters appear in the middle of words in some interactive writing products? Are the children's feelings hurt when fix-it tape is used to correct their errors? How does the teacher decide who will share the pen? How can I extend the word study that emerges in interactive writing lessons to other parts of my program? and How can I learn more about interactive writing? (NKA)
Descriptors: Childrens Writing, Classroom Techniques, Instructional Effectiveness, Primary Education, Writing Instruction, Writing Processes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Reading Recovery Council of North America, Columbus, OH.