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ERIC Number: EJ817121
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0561
To Be a Writer: Representations of Writers in Recent Children's Novels
Parsons, Linda T.; Colabucci, Lesley
Reading Teacher, v62 n1 p44-52 Sep 2008
What significance does writing have for the young writer characters in a set of children's books? Twenty-five intermediate novels featuring characters who write were studied, using content analysis, to find out. The researchers present their findings by describing the characters and why they write. Reasons for writing range from exposing injustice to seeking to communicate. According to this study, the benefits of the act of writing for the character also warrant attention. The benefits include validating identity, coping with life experience, building relationships, and affecting change. It was also discovered that when the writing is shared, the effect on the audience is significant. These novels present images of writers and writing that readers of all ages may find inspiring. The researchers present implications for teachers, young writers/readers, and others concerned with the representation of writing in children's books. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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