ERIC Number: EJ1009486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Let Me Tell You a Secret: Kindergartners Can Write!
VanNess, Amanda R.; Murnen, Timothy J.; Bertelsen, Cynthia D.
Reading Teacher, v66 n7 p574-585 Apr 2013
During her first two years of teaching, a kindergarten teacher (first author) developed a writing program grounded in five instructional strategies that repeatedly appear in emergent writing research--modeling, Scaffolded Writing, invented spelling, word walls, and reader response--and in the overarching principle of Gradual Release of Responsibility (Pearson & Gallagher, 1983). Using Gentry's Writing Scale (Gentry, 2005) as a frame for structuring her own observations and data collection, she illustrates how the writing program evolved and how it gets implemented in her classroom, and demonstrates the clear growth students made in one year using this approach. (Contains 10 figures.)
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Writing Skills, Emergent Literacy, Writing Instruction, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Invented Spelling, Word Lists, Reader Response, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Teachers, Writing Exercises, Developmental Stages, Student Responsibility, Teacher Responsibility, Sentences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Kindergarten
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