ERIC Number: ED473960
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Valuing Language Study: Inquiry into Language for Elementary and Middle Schools.
Goodman, Yetta M.
Every day in so many ways, children are surrounded by language: from the language of home and family, to the never-ending bombardment of environmental print, to the clash between school admonitions to use "standard" English and their peer groups' specialized and invented speech. According to the author of this book, students love to think and talk about language as much as teachers do. The book offers teachers a rich language studies curriculum they can adapt to the needs of their elementary and middle school students, providing opportunities to talk, write, read, and think about language in ways that increase their self confidence in their ability to use language flexibly and appropriately. The book contends that through critical-moment teaching, strategy lessons, and a rich array of theme cycles on language and linguistics, language and literature, and language as power, teachers and students can explore the roles that language plays in society, document both personal and social issues of language use, and discover that language study can be both enlightening and exciting. It finds that, in the process, students come to value their own intuitive knowledge about language, as well as the potential of language to influence their lives and the lives of others. (Contains approximately 300 references.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Elementary Education, Language Arts, Language Role, Language Usage, Middle Schools, Student Needs, Thematic Approach
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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