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ERIC Number: ED480883
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jan-13
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Launching Family Message Journals.
Wollman-Bonilla, Julie
This lesson introduces Family Message Journals, a tool for encouraging family involvement and supporting writing to reflect and learn. First and second graders are led into composing through demonstration, guided writing, and finally independent writing of messages that they will bring home for family to read and write a reply. During the three 40-minute sessions, students will begin to use writing for daily communication with families as a tool for reflection on school activities; and become more aware of readers' needs for clarity and legibility and how they can meet these needs. The instructional plan, lists of resources, student assessment/reflection activities, and a list of National Council of Teachers of English/International Reading Association (NCTE/IRA) Standards addressed in the project are included. A sample family letter and an ERIC Digest "Invented Spelling and Spelling Development" (Elaine Lutz) are attached. (RS)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: MarcoPolo Education Foundation.; National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.; International Reading Association, Newark, DE.